The stretch of Sunrise Highway in Moriches was largely open in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, August 6, when an unmarked Suffolk County Police Department sedan rifled by at an estimated 90-100 mph.
For reasons presently unknown, 57-year-old Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks—a longtime commander of the Suffolk hate crimes unit—drove off the road and crashed into a concrete abutment. The car was wrecked, according to a motorcyclist who witnessed the accident. “He hit that abutment and it just disintegrated,” the witness told Newsday. By the time a paramedic reached the scene, Reecks was dead.