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California trucker charged in deaths of mother and daughter

State police said that Bugreyev was driving westbound on I-70 about 11:30 a.m. when he drove across the median and his tractor-trailer overturned and slid sideways, crushing a Dodge Charger and pushing it over an embankment.

The Associated Press

11/28/2012

WASHINGTON, Pa. — A California truck driver charged in a crash that killed two women in southwestern Pennsylvania says the collision happened when his "brain shut off."

Forty-four-year-old Yevgeniy Bugreyev was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on two counts of vehicular homicide in the weekend crash that killed a mother and daughter from Maryland.

Bugreyev drove for DC Transports, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The police could not provide the hometown of the trucking company.

Police say Bugreyev's truck crossed the grass median of Interstate 70 in Washington County on Saturday, striking another car and killing 21-year-old Kaitlin Babka and 57-year-old Karen Babka of Hughesville, Md.

Bugreyev, of West Sacramento, is being held on $1 million bail. Court records don't list an attorney for him. The California man was charged with homicide by vehicle on Saturday after police said he crossed the median and drove a tractor-trailer into oncoming traffic on Interstate 70, killing two people and injuring four others.

State police said that Bugreyev was driving westbound on I-70 about 11:30 a.m. when he drove across the median and his tractor-trailer overturned and slid sideways, crushing a Dodge Charger and pushing it over an embankment.

About the same time, another car collided with the overturned truck. State police said the driver of that car, Darlene Gray, 59, of Washington, Pa., did not have time to stop. Gray and a child passenger had moderate injuries. Two other people traveling in the car, Brandy Gray, 33, of Scenery Hill, and a child whose name police did not release, suffered serious injuries.

Pennsylvania law allows someone to be convicted of homicide by vehicle if he "recklessly or with gross negligence" causes the death of another person while driving and violating another law. State police wrote in a news release that Mr. Bugreyev crossed the median for "unknown reasons" and did not charge him with other crimes, according to online court records.

Dorothy Cox of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at dlcox@thetrucker.com.

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