Randy Salerno dies (Updated)

Sad news to report: Randy Salerno, who co-anchored WBBM-TV’s morning newscast, was killed in a snowmobile accident Thursday night in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

Salerno was a Crystal Lake native who worked at TV stations in Albany, N.Y., Peoria, and Rockford before arriving at WGN-TV in 1994, where he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. He also anchored the station midday newscast until 2004, when he joined WBBM as part of their morning newscast. At WBBM, he won his first Emmy that year for his coverage of the Chicago Marathon.

Salerno is survived by his wife, Irene, and three children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

Statement from CBS 2 President and General Manager Joe Ahern

CBS 2 Chicago.com: CBS 2’s Randy Salerno Dies in Automobile Accident

UPDATE: A person who was driving the snowmobile Salerno was in has been charged. Scott Hirschey, a longtime friend of Salerno’s, was charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the accident.

Meanwhile, a tribute page for Salerno is up and running and you can view it by clicking here.

Updated at 12:41 am on 2008-01-26