Trucker in fatal I-76 crash faces federal charges

1.23.2009 - Schuylkill Expressway - Chopper 6 flew overhead as police started allowing traffic to move in both directions on the Schuylkill Expressway while workers and police continued their activity at the deadly accident scene.
February 4, 2011 5:49:45 AM PST
A truck driver who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide after his faulty brakes caused a fatal crash on a suburban Philadelphia expressway now faces more charges.

Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Valerijs Belovs made 15 false entries in his driver's logbook before the January 2009 crash that killed 49-year-old David Schreffler.

Federal authorities say Belovs made false log notes saying he was resting when he was actually driving. Safe-driving rules bar truckers from driving more than 11 hours a day without resting for 10 hours.

Authorities say Belovs' rig had a falsified inspection sticker when its brakes failed. Belovs was convicted along with the truck's owner and mechanic on state charges in Montgomery County.

A phone listing for Belovs could not immediately be located.


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