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Truck Driver Sentenced In Deadly I-76 Crash

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April 26 2010 - Truck Driver Sentenced In Deadly I-76 Crash

PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA ― A Northeast Philadelphia man who owned a tractor-trailer that was involved in a deadly crash on the Schuylkill Expressway last year is headed to county prison for his role in the crash.

Calling the defendant “grossly negligent” and “horribly reckless,” Montgomery County judge Thomas Branca sentenced Victor Kalinitchii on Monday to 11 1/2-to-23 months behind bars, plus five years’ probation.

Kalinitchii pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with the crash that killed 49-year-old David Schreffler of Fort Washington, Pa. in January 2009.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele hopes the sentence acts as a deterrent to other truck owners:

“This is a case where the owner of the truck has been held culpable for not maintaining the truck properly.”

Prosecutors say Kalinitchii knew the brakes were faulty but failed to have them fixed and bought inspection stickers without having the truck checked out.

Kalinitichii told the court that if he had known about the problems, he would have fixed them. The driver and the owner of the garage that issued the inspection sticker were being sentenced later in the afternoon.

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