- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - A Florida trucker accused of crashing into an overpass while using a Connecticut-New York parkway restricted to cars faces several New York traffic summonses.

Greenwich Time reports (https://bit.ly/1yLB6El ) the truck driven by Ishad Knight of Miami on Tuesday carried liquefied margarine. He disregarded signs and hit the overpass at the Connecticut line with New York, police said.

Knight’s GPS device failed to note the parkway’s restrictions and overpass, police said.

“He told us he relied on Google maps on his cellphone. What he should be using was a commercial-grade GPS,” said Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O’Leary.

Knight, 29, was not injured. But the truck caught fire, liquefied margin covered the roadway and commuters were delayed for hours as northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway were shut through the evening.

Westchester County police issued four tickets to Knight. The trucker was unlicensed because his Florida license was invalid, police said. He also was ticketed for disobeying several warning signs.

And he was given a ticket for driving a truck on the parkway despite its passenger car restriction and driving a too-tall vehicle on the parkway, police said.

Knight does not have a listed phone number and it wasn’t known Friday if he’s represented by a lawyer.

O’Leary said Westchester County will seek repayment of police overtime and towing companies and cleanup businesses also are expected to bill the trucking company.


Information from: Greenwich Time, https://www.greenwichtime.com

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