MELVILLE - A Coram man is grieving the loss of his step-father after a bad crash on the Long Island Expressway. 

Police tell News 12 Rafael Ortiz, 57, veered off the road just before 7:30 p.m. last night. 

Ortiz hit a pole in the westbound lanes near exit 50 in Melville. 

Ortiz was not seriously hurt, but his step-father Dominic Bottiglieri, 83, of Coram, was killed in the crash. 

It is not clear why Ortiz lost control.