Funeral Services To Be Held Tuesday For Suffolk Cop Killed In Crash
January 15, 2013
Off-duty officer Patrick Curley died in Commack last week.
(Long Island, N.Y.) The funeral of a Suffolk County Police Department officer killed last week in a Commack car crash while off-duty will be held Tuesday morning.
Officer Patrick Curley, a 17-year veteran of the force, was killed while driving his Sports Utility Vehicle on Jericho Turnpike at approximately 3:30 a.m., police said. Curley’s SUV reportedly collided with a truck near Siracusa Boulevard while it was backing onto the road from a business.
Curley, a 40-year-old Huntington resident who had served at the Second Precinct, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Medical Examiner, police said. The driver of the garbage truck, identified as 59-year-old James Jarosch, was not injured.
Suffolk cops took in the SUV for a safety check; in addition, the garbage truck was inspected at the scene. Jarosch was issued citations for equipment violation and unsafe backing, police said.
District manager for Long Island branch of Winters Bros, Tony Farina, said in a statement that Jarosch had a good driving record and has preformed his job well in the six years he had been employed there.
Head of the Second Precinct, Inspector Edward Brady, said that the loss of Curley was a grave blow to the department as a whole.
“He was well respected and much loved by officers here…he always had the best interests of the community and the department,” he said. “We lost an excellent officer and a terrific person.”
The funeral for Officer Curley is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Glen Cove. He is survived by Emily, his wife, and Sophia Jane, his daughter.
An investigation into the crash is currently being conducted by the Suffolk Police. 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.