Distracted Driving Led to Maryland Truck Accident, Authorities Say
Posted on Sep 30, 2013
The truck driver responsible for a Maryland truck accident that sent a car careening over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in July has been charged, authorities said. Gabor Lovasz faces four charges, totaling $600 in fines in connection with the crash, which injured one person.
Lovasz, 29 years old and a native of Hungary, was driving a tractor-trailer over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge the evening of Friday, July 19, when he failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him. Lovasz told police that he took a glance in his driver’s side mirror to check on lights he saw, and when he looked back at the road, traffic had stopped directly in front of him.
Lovasz attempted to veer toward the left, but he still rear-ended a Chrysler Sebring and Mazda SUV. The 22-year-old driver of the Chrysler, Morgan Lake, went over the concrete barrier and plunged into the bay. With some quick thinking, she managed to free herself from the sinking car and emerged with only minor injuries. Neither Lovasz nor the SUV driver was injured in the accident.
Lovasz has been charged with driving at a speed that was greater than reasonable, negligent driving, failure to control his vehicle, and making an unsafe lane change, all misdemeanors. Lovasz was reportedly traveling around 50 miles per hour at the time of the crash, according to an investigation by the Maryland Transportation Authority. No mechanical defects were found on the truck.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, Lovasz had been with Bulk Carriers PEI Limited of Canada since April. He was on his first solo trip to the US, had just dropped off a load in Virginia, and was returning to pick up more cargo in Maryland when the accident occurred. He and the trucking company have both cooperated with authorities.
We were glad to hear that no one was seriously hurt in this Maryland truck crash, and we hope the injured are experiencing—or have already experienced—fast and complete recoveries.