2007-01-05 / Front Page

Sergeant's Deadly Crash Ruled Accidental

By Howard Schwach


Police inspect the BMW driven by NYPD Sergeant Angel Arcentales on Cross Bay Boulevard last Friday morning. The Far Rockaway man died as a result of his collision with a street sweeper.                                                                Photo by On Scene PhotographyPolice inspect the BMW driven by NYPD Sergeant Angel Arcentales on Cross Bay Boulevard last Friday morning. The Far Rockaway man died as a result of his collision with a street sweeper. Photo by On Scene Photography

An off duty police sergeant's fatal collision with a street sweeper on Cross Bay Boulevard last Friday morning was ruled an accident by the city's Chief Medical Examiner, a spokesperson for that agency said.

"The death of Angel Arcentales was due to blunt trauma to his torso and extremities," said Ellen Borokove, a spokesperson for the medical examiner. "His death has been ruled an accident."

Police say that Arcentales, 37, of Far Rockaway was driving his silver BMW southbound in the left lane of Cross Bay Boulevard near East First Road at about 3 a.m. on December 29 when he hit the street sweeper operated by the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Published reports suggested that Arcentales tried to swerve into the middle lane to avoid the collision but struck the rear passenger side of the sweeper, causing extensive damage to his vehicle.

The street sweeper, with minor damage to its rear bumper, sits on Cross Bay Boulevard after the crash.                                 Photo by On Scene PhotographyThe street sweeper, with minor damage to its rear bumper, sits on Cross Bay Boulevard after the crash. Photo by On Scene Photography He was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center by EMS Ambulance, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Arcentales, assigned to the NYPD's Intelligence Division, was also the second vice president of the Hispanic Society, a police fraternal organization.

He was a graduate of Beach Channel High School, where he participated in school athletics.

The incident was handled by the NYPD Accident Investigation Division. A law enforcement source said there was no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved. The medical examiner's office spokesperson said toxicology results would not be made public. It was unclear whether Arcentales was wearing his seatbelt.

Mourners paid their respect to Arcentales at the Denis S. O'Conner Funeral Home this week, and a large police procession provided an escort to St. Camillus Church, where a Mass was celebrated on Wednesday. A memorial with two American flags attached to white ski poles and several candles was placed on Cross Bay Boulevard near the site of the crash.

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