Ithaca, N.Y. — The truck driver who crashed into Simeon’s Restaurant last June has pleaded guilty to four traffic-level violation charges, according to officials in Ithaca Town Court.


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Viacheslav Grychanyi, 37, of Spokane, Wash., has been fined $1,929 in connection with his guilty plea in the fatal accident.

Pregnant young mother Amanda Bush, 27, a Simeon’s bartender, died after Grychanyi’s tractor-trailer crashed through the Ithaca Commons restaurant on June 20, sending several people to the hospital.

Grychanyi admitted his guilt in a message to the Ithaca court last week. Court officials received his guilty plea on May 7. They have not yet received payment.

Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson refused to comment for this story.

She would not say if the investigation was still open or if further criminal charges are possible against Grychanyi.

Here are the charges to which Grychanyi has pleaded guilty:

— Speeding;

— Having an over-length vehicle (2 counts);

— Having defective brakes.

In addition to the criminal charges, Grychanyi was sued in civil court last week by Bush’s fiancé.

Adam Cortwright filed a 26-page civil lawsuit on Wednesday that accuses Grychanyi of committing “deceptive, intentional, deliberately indifferent, outrageous, wanton and grossly negligent acts,” according to court records.

See related: Speeding charge filed against driver in Simeon’s crash in Ithaca

See related: Fiancé of woman killed in Simeon’s crash sues trucking firms, Ithaca

The Ithaca Voice’s attempts to interview Grychanyi have been unsuccessful.

Several weeks ago, a Russian translator working with the Ithaca Voice did reach Grychanyi through a phone call placed to his home in Washington State.

Grychanyi, speaking in Russian, expressed remorse about the incident and acknowledged what had happened. But he declined to be interviewed, saying he had nothing to add about the accident.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.