The staff of WCVB was shocked Monday morning by the death of a recent summer intern, Alex Paduch.
Paduch, a 21-year-old native of Middleborough, died in Vermont early Monday morning. Vermont State Police say he died after the car he was driving crashed into a telephone pole in the town of Lyndon.
During the summer, Paduch worked closely with the staff of our newsroom and impressed us with his initiative. He was one of those standout interns who spoke up, offered to help and always wanted to try something new.
We are touched that members of his family have reached out to tell us how much he enjoyed his summer internship. We enjoyed the opportunity to get to know him and to work with such an eager young man.
“I didn’t know him long but what I did know is: This was a kid who was going to make it in this business,” said WCVB anchor Maria Stephanos.
Paduch was studying broadcast journalism at Lyndon State College at Lyndonville, Vermont. He had a bright future in an industry he clearly loved.
“The Lyndon State College family is greatly saddened about the death of our student Alex Paduch. (He) was an award-winning student journalist and beloved by the Lyndon community,” a school spokeswoman said. “This is a heartbreaking loss for Alex’s family and loved ones and for his LSC family. He was an outstanding young man, a talented journalist and a good friend. Our condolences go out to all who have been touched by his life and passing.”
The school said counseling services were available to students who knew Paduch.
Police believe speed appears to be a factor in the fatal crash, which happened shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. It was raining at the time and Paduch, who was wearing a seat belt, was the only person in the car.
The crash is still under investigation.