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Troopers: Ballston Spa Trucker Shopping Online Before Fatal Crash

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State police say a truck driver from New York’s Capital Region was shopping online on his cell phone when his vehicle rear-ended a car, killing its driver.

Troopers say 27-year-old Kristofer Gregorek of Ballston Spa was arrested Thursday on a manslaughter charge related to the June 8 crash that killed 45-year-old Ellen Volpe of Rochester.

Erie County Investigators determined that Gregorek was using his cell phone to shop and then complete a survey when his Freightliner box truck hit Volpe's Honda in Lancaster, about 10 miles east of Buffalo.

Gregorek was to be arraigned in Lancaster town court Thursday evening. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer to comment.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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