Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating a crash that claimed the life of Detective Sergeant Robert Reecks of the Suffolk County Police Department Hate Crimes Unit, early this morning, Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 5:32 a.m. on the Eastbound Sunrise Highway in Moriches.
Reecks was driving a 2008 Ford sedan eastbound on Sunrise Highway in Moriches when his vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a concrete bridge structure at 5:32 a.m.
“Detective Sergeant Robert Reecks was a 30-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department. He played a role in building stronger relationships with the minority community and worked to reduce hate crimes through education. Detective Sergeant Reecks began his career as a police officer in 1981, and he was most recently a Special Assistant to the Police Commissioner for Minority Affairs and Executive Officer of the Hate Crimes Unit. His death is a loss for the police department and the community and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer in a released statement.
“This is a sad day for Suffolk County,” said County Executive Steve Levy. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Det. Sgt. Reecks’ family and friends.”
Reecks, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to contact the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.
Reecks had been a member of the Suffolk County Police Department since 1981.