Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation into Civilian Death in Suffolk County

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of ­­­Margaret Lucey, who died on January 8, 2024 following an encounter with a member of the Quogue Village Police Department (QVPD) in Southampton, Suffolk County. 

At approximately 10:52 a.m. on January 8, an off-duty QVPD officer driving his personal vehicle was making a left turn onto Ponquogue Avenue when he hit Ms. Lucey. Ms. Lucey was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer may have caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident. 

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.