Teen trying to get phone from locked room plummets to her death from fifth-floor fire escape during Tribeca house party


A 15-year-old girl who went out onto the fire escape during a Tribeca house party to try to retrieve her cell phone from a locked room plunged five stories to her death, police said Monday.

The teen, identified by sources as Imogen Roche, was attending a party on Reade St. at W. Broadway when she went out onto a fifth-floor fire escape at around 11 p.m., cops said.

Imogen was trying to gain access to a locked room through the window when she slipped and fell, landing on her back on the sidewalk, cops said. She had left her cell phone in the locked room, sources said.

Medics rushed her to Bellevue Hospital Center, but she couldn’t be saved. The sidewalk remained stained with blood Monday morning.

The parents of a teen who knew Imogen well said she was going to be a sophomore at Beacon High School. “Oh my God, Imogen,” the mom said. “She was very talented and super smart. She’s an actor, she dances. And she’s an only child. Oh my god, she’s beautiful. She’s tall. She has a wonderful, infectious personality. She’s so nice to people.”

A neighbor on the first-floor of the building where she fell said, “It’s a super tragic situation. It was kind of mind blowing to find out that someone had died right outside my apartment.”

The aspiring actor and dancer appeared in short films posted online by Manhattan Youth, an after-school program run by her father, Theseus Roche, an actor and director who is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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