California man pleads guilty in Washington County crash that killed mother and daughter

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A California man pleaded guilty today to two counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a 2012 crash on Interstate 70 in Washington County that killed a Maryland woman and her daughter.

A judge in Washington County sentenced Yevgeniy Bugreyev, 45, of West Sacramento, today to between two-and-a-half and five years in prison as part of the deal, in which he also pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle.

Karen L. Babka, 57, and her daughter Kaitlin, 21, both of Hughesville, Md., died Nov. 24, 2012, in crash near the Interstate 79 junction in South Strabane.

Burgreyev was hauling a load of bagged rock salt to Denver when the 77,000-pound tractor-trailer crossed the center grass median, traveled 127 feet and then collided with the Babkas' car, authorities said.

He told police at the time that he might have fallen asleep at the wheel before the wreck.

Four other people in a third vehicle, two of them children, were injured.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone said at the time that Burgreyev is a Russian national with legal permanent resident and a valid commercial driver's license in the U.S. 

At Burgreyev's preliminary hearing, his public defender said immigration officials had spoken with his client about the possibility of deportation pending the outcome of the charges.

Mr. Vittone said the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told him the man will not be deported.


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