Screen grab from an NBC video in which Morgan Lake, 22, of Maryland describes escaping from her submerged car in Chesapeake Bay after being struck by a tractor-trailer driven by a Prince Edward Island man.
The driver of a truck from P.E.I. that pushed a car over a bridge in Maryland last month is facing four charges in connection with the accident.
A news release the Maryland Transportation Authority Police issued yesterday said Gabor Lovasz was driving between 75 km/h and 82 km/h just prior to the crash.
Maryland police are charging Lovasz with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, unsafe lane changing, negligent driving and driving at a speed greater than reasonable and prudent on a highway.
Lovasz is facing a total of more than $600 in fines for all of the offences.
On July 19, Lovasz was driving a Bulk Carriers truck on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge when it hit a Chrysler Sebring and pushed it over a concrete barrier.
The car fell into about two metres of water and its driver was able to swim to a nearby bridge pier.
As part of its investigation, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police downloaded data from the truck’s engine control module and antilock braking system to determine its speed.
Lovasz had been working for Bulk Carriers since April 2013 and moved to Canada as part of the temporary foreign workers program.
It was his first time driving unaccompanied in the U.S. and he was on his way back to pick up a load in Maryland after making a delivery in Orange, Virginia.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation and Safety Board released on Aug. 19 said Lovasz told investigators he had turned his attention to the driver-side mirror because of lights and sounds behind him.
When he looked back, he saw traffic had stopped so he tried to avoid hitting the Sebring by moving into the left lane, Lovasz reported.