Bay Bridge Truck Driver Fined $670 in Crash That Pushed Car Over Edge

A Canadian truck driver was fined for his involvement in a wreck that led to a woman's car being pushed into the Chesapeake Bay.

The driver of a truck that sent one vehicle over the edge of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in July has been cited by state authorities for his driving behavior in the incident.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police charged the truck driver, Gabor Lovasz, with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, unsafe lane changing, negligent driving and traveling at a speed greater than reasonable and prudent on a highway. The total fines amount to $670.

Lovasz, 29, was operating a 2010 International truck-tractor and refrigerated trailer combination vehicle. The truck crashed into a Chrysler, which pushed it into a concrete barrier wall, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. 

"The Chrysler was pushed up onto, and then rode along the top of, the barrier wall before falling approximately 27 feet into the Chesapeake Bay," according to the report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The driver of the Chrysler, Morgan Lake, 22, of Sunderland, was able to swim to shore nearby and sustained only minor injuries.

This YouTube video shows the moments after Morgan Lake's car plunged into the Chesapeake Bay, as she clung to the shores near Sandy Point State Park.

The truck belonged to Bulk Carriers PEI Limited, based out of Prince Edward Island, Canada. According to the report, the driver was distracted before the accident, "by lights and sounds behind him," according to the report.

Lovasz had been employed by the company since April, having emigrated to Canada from Hungary as part of the country's temporary foreign worker pilot project. 

"This trip was the truck driver’s first time driving in the United States without being paired with a more experienced driver," according to the report.


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