PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A 57-year-old Philadelphia man faces new charges, federal charges, in a horrific crash that killed a husband and father of three on the Schuylkill expressway in January of 2009. The tractor-trailer that caused the crash had faulty brakes, the driver knew it, and he served three months for a homicide be vehicle conviction.
Valerijs Belovsis is now charged with routinely falsifying federally required logs. He allegedly did it conceal the excessive and illegal number of hours he was driving. Federal prosecutor Seth Weber says the alleged fraud continued to the day of the crash, January 23rd, 2009.
“He falsely stated in his log book that he was in the sleeping birth in Wyathville, Virginia, when in fact we know he was driving from 9pm on January 22nd, through 1:30am on the 23rd, from Wyathville,Virginia to Carlisle, Pennsylvania.”
And later that morning, after a brief break, he plowed into several stopped cars near the Conshohocken curve with tragic results.
Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio