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Nov 14, 2012 8:11 AM by AP

Village judge dies in crash on Hudson Valley road

MONTGOMERY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say the longtime judge for a Hudson Valley village has died after his car crashed into a tree.

Police in the Orange County town of Montgomery reports that Herald-Record of Middletown says that 76-year-old David Roepe was driving on Route 28 Tuesday afternoon when his car went off the road and slammed into a tree.

He was brought to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say a medical condition might have contributed to the crash.

Roepe was a lawyer and a part-time judge for the Village of Montgomery Court. In February, he marked 40 years as a village judge.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, http://www.th-record.com

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