Truck driver pleads guilty in UB nurse death

Feb 22, 2018

A truck driver from Saratoga County has pleaded guilty to killing an assistant professor of nursing at the University at Buffalo.

Ellen Volpe was killed in the june 8, 2017 crash.
Credit University at Buffalo School of Nursing

Kristofer Gregorek, 27 of Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in a distracted driving crash on the westbound Thruway near the Depew exit. His truck rear-ended a car, killing its driver. Gregorek was using his cellphone for shopping while driving on June 8, 2017 when the mid-morning crash occurred.

Ellen Volpe, 45, a Rochester nurse practitioner, assistant professor at the UB School of Nursing and mother of two young children, died at the scene. Another person suffered non life-threatening injuries, as three other vehicles were also struck.