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Title : Collision with street sweeper kills NYPD sergeant
Author : Daily News
Date : 2006-12-30
Article :

NEW YORK (AP) -- A police sergeant who was a leader of a Hispanic police organization was killed this week when his car hit a street sweeper in Queens, authorities said Saturday.

Angel Arcentales, 37, was off-duty when he died in the Friday accident on Cross Bay Boulevard in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, said Detective Dennis Laffin, a police spokesman.

Arcentales' car was headed south on the boulevard at about 3 a.m. when he tried to swerve into the middle lane to avoid the collision, but his 1998 BMW clipped the right rear side of the Department of Sanitation truck.

Arcentales was taken to Peninsula Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police said there was no evidence he had been drinking.

Laffin said police did not suspect criminality in the case. "It appears to be an accident - a terrible accident," Laffin said.

The sergeant, who lived in the Rockaways section of Queens, was second vice president of the Hispanic Society, a police fraternal organization.

Arcentales, who was assigned to the department's intelligence division, lived with his Ecuadorian-born mother and Dominican-born father in the same apartment where he and two brothers grew up.

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