NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Suffolk County police are mourning the death of a 30-year police veteran.

Detective Sergeant Robert Reecks died in a single car crash on Sunrise Highway in Moriches Saturday morning.

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Officials said the 57-year-old was off-duty and driving his department-issued sedan.

“His vehicle went off the roadway and struck a concrete bridge support. Sgt. Reecks died at the scene,” said Det. Lt. Gail Marrero of the Suffolk County PD.

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Reecks joined the force in 1981 and rose through the ranks, becoming commander of the bias crimes unit in the late 1990’s, which he held for 13 years.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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