Trucker in fatal Schuylkill Exp. crash sentenced

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A truck driver already sentenced to state prison after his faulty brakes caused a fatal crash on the Schuylkill Expressway has now been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Fifty-eight-year-old Valerijs Belovs, who was sentenced Monday, pleaded guilty in October to making 15 false entries in his driver's logbook before the January 2009 crash that killed 49-year-old David Schreffler.

Federal authorities said Belovs said he was resting when he was actually driving. Safe-driving rules bar truckers from driving more than 11 hours a day without resting 10 hours.

Authorities said Belovs' rig had a falsified inspection sticker at the time of the crash.

Belovs was sentenced in Montgomery County Court in April 2010 to three to 23 months in jail on probation on a vehicular homicide charge.

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