Ithaca, N.Y. — Court action on a ticket issued to the man who drove the tractor-trailer that crashed into Simeon’s on the Commons in June has been postponed.
Viacheslav Grychanyi, 37, of the Spokane, Wash., area, pleaded not guilty to two tickets issued after the June 20 crash, which killed 27-year-old Amanda Bush. Bush, a Simeon’s employee, was pregnant and engaged to be married.
One ticket was for driving an over-length vehicle; the other was for a defective brake component.
A non-jury trial on one of the tickets — for over-length vehicle — was scheduled to begin Friday in Ithaca City Court. But court officials said the case was adjourned.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers were given until Sept. 4 either to resolve the issue of that ticket or schedule a trial. An over-length truck would be a violation of Vehicle & Traffic Law.
Meanwhile, the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s office await results of a crash-reconstruction report being prepared by a special unit of the New York State Police.
“We still don’t have all of the evidence related to the crash — not unusual,” said District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson.
The state police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit is assisting city police by examining the truck and the crash in minute detail, attempting to determine exactly what happened and what factors contributed to the nightmarish conclusion. The truck was moving down State Street/Route 79 at 40 mph or faster, witnesses told police.
Grychanyi was apparently unable to brake effectively and could not complete a 90-degree right turn onto Aurora Street at the bottom of the hill before smashing into the southeast corner of the building housing Simeon’s and several other businesses.
It happened at one of the busiest time of the week at that spot — 4 p.m. on a Friday —and the careening truck sent construction crews and bystanders scurrying in the moments before it crashed.
Officer Jamie Williamson of the Ithaca Police Department said the state police report is still probably weeks away. “We hope to have it by end of August, early September,” he said.
Commercial crash reconstructions are particularly complex, Williamson has said, and the state police unit has a heavy caseload in addition to the Ithaca situation.