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Reporter Dead In Head-On Crash

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A newspaper reporter who made national headlines when he was fired by the Hudson Register-Star has died.

26-year old  Tom Casey was killed in the wee hours of July 3rd in a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 in Lee, Massachusetts. Authorities say Casey was southbound around 12:30 a.m. when his SUV drifted into the northbound lane, hitting the driver side of a pickup truck.

In November 2012, a city editor and two reporters resigned in solidarity with Casey after he refused to let his byline go on a story that had been altered by another editor.

According to the Berkshire Eagle, the crash occurred on a notorious S-curve that has been the scene of several deadly crashes in recent years.

Police say Casey was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, a Lenox man, was treated and released at Berkshire Medical Center. Casey was the news coordinator for the weekly Berkshire Record in Great Barrington.

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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