Truck driver charged in I-70 crash that killed 2
A California man was charged with homicide by vehicle on Saturday after police said he crossed the median and drove a tractor-trailer into oncoming traffic on Interstate 70, killing two people and injuring four others.
Yevgeniy Bugreyev, 44, of West Sacramento, was being held in the Washington County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail in connection with the crash that clogged traffic near the Interstate 79 junction.
Officials on Saturday night had not released the names of those who died, saying they were still trying to reach their relatives.
State police said that Mr. Bugreyev was driving westbound on I-70 about 11:30 a.m. when he drove across the median and his tractor-trailer overturned and slid sideways, crushing a Dodge Charger and pushing it over an embankment. The driver and passenger in the Dodge Charger both died at the scene of the crash.
About the same time, another car collided with the overturned truck. State police said the driver of that car, Darlene Gray, 59, of Washington, Pa., did not have time to stop. Ms. Gray and a child passenger had moderate injuries. Two other people traveling in the car, Brandy Gray, 33, of Scenery Hill, and a child whose name police did not release, suffered serious injuries. Their conditions were not available Saturday night.
Mr. Bugreyev is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Robert Redlinger for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. He did not have an attorney on file.
Pennsylvania law allows someone to be convicted of homicide by vehicle if he "recklessly or with gross negligence" causes the death of another person while driving and violating another law. State police wrote in a news release that Mr. Bugreyev crossed the median for "unknown reasons" and did not charge him with other crimes, according to online court records.
Investigating troopers could not be reached for comment Saturday night. Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone said he was consulted before police pressed charges but he was not sure what, if any, other infractions police suspect Mr. Bugreyev committed. He said he plans to meet with troopers today.
First Published November 25, 2012 12:00 am