- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York Police Department detective killed on his way to work by a wrong-way driver was mourned Wednesday by colleagues from the force and childhood friends from his old neighborhood.

Detective Paul Duncan “was a good kid from a rough neighborhood,” Andy Toliver told CBS New York (http://cbsloc.al/1AJXkVT ) outside his funeral at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. “We all grew up on 112th Street together. My younger brothers are the ones that gave him the application to join the Police Department.”

Duncan, of Hartsdale, was killed early Friday on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh. State police said the other driver, who remains hospitalized, was traveling north in the parkway’s southbound lanes when he crashed head-on into Duncan’s vehicle.

The 46-year-old detective was assigned to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Duncan, who was married to his high school sweetheart, had switched to an earlier shift so he could be home sooner for their 13-year-old daughter.

“He was very close to his daughter, like dads are with their girls,” said the Rev. Carlos Rodriguez, an NYPD chaplain.

Officers carried his casket, draped with an NYPD flag, into the standing-room-only church, where mourners included Commissioner William Bratton.

“He touched so many people’s lives and he was a very special person,” said former classmate Sherelle Wright.

Duncan served 16 years on the force; he was just 10 months from retirement when he was killed.

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Information from: WCBS-TV, http://www.cbs2ny.com

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