Man charged with manslaughter in June thruway crash expected to face judge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who faces charges for a fatal crash on the Thruway is expected to face a judge on Tuesday.

New York State police say Kristofer Gregorek was shopping online and filling out a survey on his cell phone when he rear-ended a car driven by Ellen Volpe in June.

Volpe was an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gregorek was charged with second-degree manslaughter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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