At the end of a New York Rangers hockey game, the son of a prominent New York City restaurateur was killed in an escalator accident at Madison Square Garden.
According to the New York Post, Ernest Vogliano was riding on the escalator’s rail when he lost his balance and plunged two or three stories to his death.
The incident took place at about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday. Lesa Vogliano, the 61-year-widow, old’s has hired a lawyer to investigate what appears to be an accident.
Attorney Fred Eisenberg told The Post, “We have no idea what happened, but they do.” The evidence must be examined.
He continued, “We know that he was there and that he died.” “Please tell us the method.”
The NYPD responded to a 911 call at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday and located an unresponsive guy with head damage inside the arena. When they got him to Bellevue Hospital, they proclaimed him dead there.
It is unclear how Mr. Vogliano was transported to the hospital, as the FDNY informed The Post on Wednesday that it had no record of a call from the arena.
The medical examiner concluded that blunt force trauma was the cause of death.
Mr. Eisenberg claimed the wife was never informed, prompting him to issue a demand to the arena’s management that all evidence pertaining to Mr. Vogliano’s death, including security film, be preserved until it can be inspected.
The Post reports that the New York State Liquor Authority is investigating Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan’s company and that the agency may revoke the license at the arena, as well as at Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theater because Mr. Dolan has been criticized for using facial recognition technology to prevent entry to people he doesn’t want there, such as lawyers with whom he is feuding.
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In an email to The Post on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Madison Square Garden said that Mr. Vogliano’s death was a “tragic accident” that had nothing to do with the inquiry by the liquor authority.
A representative for the Rangers said, “A fan at this past Saturday’s game was injured in a terrible accident while he was exiting the venue and was immediately transferred to a local hospital where he passed suddenly.” Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this time.
Ernest Vogliano Sr., Mr. Vogliano’s father, managed the restaurant Il Vagabondo on East 62nd Street.
The Post states that during its heyday, the restaurant was frequented by celebrities including Tom Hanks and Cindy Crawford.
Mr. Vogliano is the publisher of Aspen Aces & Eights and the founder of Monster Productions, a web design firm.
According to his obituary, he attended both Trinity School and Colgate University.
Ernest “loved life and will be remembered for his vast range of interests, from travel and adventure to horses, beekeeping, skiing, and hockey,” it said.
“He was proud to serve as a volunteer firefighter in Bedford, New York, and he felt a deep sense of satisfaction from helping others.”