A truck driver who slammed his rig into a sedan on the Schuylkill Expressway in January 2009, killing a Fort Washington man, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in a federal lockup.
Valerijs Nikolaevish Belovs, 58, of Somerton, pleaded guilty in October to federal charges that he had falsified his driver’s logs.
The Jan. 23, 2009, crash killed businessman David Schreffler and seriously injured a passenger in his car when Belovs’ rig — loaded with more than 37?1/2 tons of broccoli — slammed into stopped traffic, pinning Schreffler’s car under the truck.
Schreffler’s family is still trying to cope with the loss. “I have absolutely no forgiveness for this defendant,” the victim’s brother Kenneth testified, looking directly at Belovs. “This was entirely preventable. All you had to do was pull over and stop,” he continued, as Belovs glared back.