Trucker charged with negligent driving in U.S. bridge accident
Crash sent car eight metres into Maryland's Chesapeake Bay
A driver who was operating a truck owned by a P.E.I. company Bulk Carriers in a July accident where a woman's car plunged off a Maryland bridge into the water, is facing four charges, including negligent driving.
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police released the charges Thursday morning, saying driver distraction was the primary cause of the accident.
They are charging the driver, Gabor Lovasz, 29, with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, unsafe lane changing, negligent driving and speed greater than reasonable and prudent on a highway.
Fines of $670 accompany these charges.
The Bulk Carriers driver was distracted by flashing headlights behind him, said the police report.
Lovasz looked in his driver-side mirror and when he turned back he noticed the traffic in front of him was stopping.
First solo trip
He tried to avoid a collision, but, according to police, was unsuccessful.
He struck the left rear of 24-year-old Morgan Lake's car, pushing it onto a barrier wall. A second impact from the truck caused Lake's car to fall eight metres off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water.
Lake was able to escape, with only minor injuries.
Another vehicle was also struck by the truck during the crash.
An investigation showed the truck was travelling at a speed between 76 to 82 km/h when the collision occurred.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recently released a preliminary report into the accident.
In the report, the NTSB said the driver was hired by the P.E.I.-based company three months before the accident as part of Canada's temporary foreign worker program.
Lovasz was on his first solo trip, without a more experienced driver.
This is the second accident caused by driver distraction on the bridge in several months, said police
Police are looking for ways to improve safety including putting up flashing lights to warn when there is congestion on the bridge.