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Suffolk County police officer killed in crash

Friday, January 11, 2013
Patrick Curley

Suffolk County police officer Patrick Curley

An early morning accident killed an off-duty Suffolk County police officer in Commack on Friday.

< p> Investigators said Patrick Curley was driving an SUV westbound on Route 25, near Siracusa Boulevard in Commack, when his vehicle collided with a Winters Brothers garbage truck.

The truck was backing out of a business onto Route 25 at 3:33 a.m.

Curley, 40, of Huntington, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the garbage truck, James Jarosch, 59, was not injured.

Curley, a Second Precinct police officer, was a member of the department for 17 years.

The SUV was impounded for a safety check and the garbage truck was inspected by Motor Carrier at the scene. Jarosch was issued summonses for unsafe backing and equipment violation.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Fourth Squad detectives at 631-854-8452 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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