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Excited delirium: When suspects 'scare themselves to death'


BY SAMUEL BRUCHEY. STAFF WRITER

Copyright 2006 Newsday, Inc. 

Dennis Cherbavaz slipped into a coma and died in December 2003, three weeks after Suffolk County sheriff deputies pulled him from his car in Rocky Point, wrestled him to the ground and struck him with batons, according to sheriff accounts, autopsy reports and interviews with Cherbavaz's relatives and their attorney.

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