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Police: Off-Duty Suffolk County Cop Killed In Early Morning Crash

Suffolk County Police Officer Patrick Curley (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

Suffolk County Police Officer Patrick Curley (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

COMMACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – An off-duty Suffolk County police officer was killed Friday after his car collided with a garbage truck in Commack.

It happened just after 3:30 a.m. near Siracusa Boulevard.

Police said Patrick Curley, 40, was driving westbound on Route 25 in his SUV when he crashed into a Winters Brothers garbage truck that was backing out of a business.

Curley was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the garbage truck, 59-year-old James Jarosch, was not injured, police said.

Curley was a Second Precinct police officer and a 17-year veteran of the department.

Jarosch was issued summonses for unsafe backing and equipment violation, police said.

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