3rd Guilty Plea In Xway Fatality

A Northeast Philadelphia man has admitted his role in causing a man’s death by allowing an unsafe tractor-trailer on the road.

41-year-old Victor Kalinitchii pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday in Montgomery County Court.  His truck plowed into four other vehicles during a January traffic jam on the Schuylkill Expressway’s Conshohocken Curve, killing 49-year-old David Schreffler of Fort Washington and seriously injuring his passenger, 55-year-old Joseph Maylish of Media.  State Police and Montgomery County Detectives found that the tractor-trailer was unable to stop because it had bad brakes.  61-year-old mechanic Joseph Jadczak, who provided inspection stickers without having looked at the truck, and 55-year-old driver Valerijs Belovs of Northeast Philadelphia pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this year.  State police say the driver kept it on the road under the owner’s direction, even though both men knew all ten brake assemblies were overworked, thin and cracked.