New York woman who sued mob family for $10 million in vicious murder of her son dies in Brooklyn car crash


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A New York woman who has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against members of a mafia organized crime family who escaped life in prison in connection with the vicious murder of her son decades ago is believed to be died in a car accident in Brooklyn.

Rose Gargano, 70, of Brooklyn, was driving south on Third Avenue around 3:42 p.m. Friday when she lost control of the steering wheel.

The 2020 Range Rover she was driving veered left, jumped a curb and slammed into a post for the elevated freeway being built near 52nd Street, according to local reports, citing the fire brigade. NYPD Highway Investigation.

Police and first responders arrived at the scene following a 911 call and found her unconscious behind the wheel.

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Gargano was transported to NYU Langone-Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead.

The NYPD is investigating the possibility that Gargano suffered a medical episode while driving, and the city medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine how she died.

NYPD response to a recent crime scene in Brooklyn.
(Jeff Bachner for NY Daily News via Getty Images)

The fatal crash reportedly happened about two miles from his home in Bay Ridge.

“Our family is devastated and mourning the loss of a beloved wife, mother and grandmother,” one of his sons, Jerry Gargano, told the NY Daily News. “She will be greatly missed.”

Rose Gargano and her husband, Carmine, filed a lawsuit in 2018 against top brass in the Colombo crime family, Joseph “Joey Caves” Competiello and Dino “Big Dino” Calabro, the NY Daily News reported. Both men were convicted of the 1994 murder of the couple’s 21-year-old son, Carmine Gargano Jr.

New York crime family bosses from left to right;  Carlo Gambino, Joseph Colombo, Joe Bonanno (formerly Maranzano), Tommy Lucchese (formerly Gagliano) and Vito Genovese (formerly Luciano).

New York crime family bosses from left to right; Carlo Gambino, Joseph Colombo, Joe Bonanno (formerly Maranzano), Tommy Lucchese (formerly Gagliano) and Vito Genovese (formerly Luciano).
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Brooklyn federal prosecutors say Competiello was acting on orders from Calabro to “deal with it,” when he shot Gargano Jr. twice at a chop shop on McDonald Ave. before taking a hammer on the young man’s 6-foot-2, 230. body book, according to the newspaper.

But both men agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to avoid life sentences on a host of charges, including in connection with the murder of Gargano Jr.

Competiello was sentenced in 2014 to 12 years behind bars. Calabro was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2017.

The funeral of the Colombo crime family's acting mob boss Andrew Russo is held at Our Lady of Peace Church on April 23, 2022, in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  Russo, 87, paid ten million dollars to be released on bail after being charged with threatening a union and died of natural causes.

The funeral of the Colombo crime family’s acting mob boss Andrew Russo is held at Our Lady of Peace Church on April 23, 2022, in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Russo, 87, paid ten million dollars to be released on bail after being charged with threatening a union and died of natural causes.
(Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Garganos filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court in 2017.

“I will never give up,” Rose Gargano told the NY Daily News in 2017. “These guys changed my life and my family forever.”

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Neighbors told the newspaper that her husband died during the COVID-19 pandemic and she is now survived by three sons.


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