June 24, 2014 in City

Police: Spokane truck that hit restaurant, killing bartender, had bad brakes

Associated Press

ITHACA, N.Y. — Police say a tractor-trailer that crashed into a central New York restaurant, killing a bartender, had faulty brakes.

The truck is owned by Auto Star Transport of Spokane and the truck driver was identified by police as Viacheslav Grychanyi, 37, of Spokane, according to The Ithaca Journal. The newspaper also reported that police ticketed the driver for having an inadequate braking system and driving an over-length vehicle.

Authorities say the truck was hauling seven vehicles when it crashed into Simeon’s in Ithaca Commons around 4 p.m. Friday. Police say 27-year-old Amanda Bush of Lansing, New York, was killed. Five other people were injured.

Police say the truck was traveling down a hill when the driver tried to steer around a corner to avoid crews working on the street ahead. The rig plowed into the corner bistro, located on the ground floor of a historic four-story building.

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