The Rye Police Department responded to a call August 20 that a roofer fell from a ladder while working at a home on Oakwood Avenue.
The Rye Police Department responded to a call August 20 that a roofer fell from a ladder while working at a home on Oakwood Avenue. The ladder was on the right side of house about 20 feet high with no electrical lines near it. Police officers and Commissioner William Connors observed the injured man on the ground, conscious. Asked questions in Spanish, he was unable to answer and was transported to Westchester Medical Center by an EMS team. The roofing company owner, Thomas Vitola, who was on the scene, said his helper had what appeared to be a seizure midway up the ladder, and he fell backwards.
Later, RPD received a call from Westchester County Investigator Steve Hamilton who advised them that the victim, Rodrigo Oxlaj of Mamaroneck, 32 years old, had died.
Upon further investigation and witness statement reviews, RPD found that the victim had been midway to the roof when he groaned, grabbed his midsection, and rolled over on his side, falling about 25 feet to the ground. A co-worker, Emiliano Alvarado, brought him to a seated position while Vitola yelled for help. Alvarado stated that he moved the victim, who was laying on his left side in a small pool of blood, because he appeared to be in respiratory distress. He had been conscious but incoherent.