HENDERSONVILLE, NC (WIS) - A small Illinois trucking company involved in a gruesome crash that killed five people, including a couple from Lexington had been cited a dozen times this year for violations, including two speeding infractions.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that Globe Carrier Co. of Justice, Ill., was also cited for improper lighting, brakes and other maintenance violations. Records list the company as having just one rig and two drivers.
Roumen Todorov Velkov has been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after troopers say he failed to stop and slammed into a line of vehicles Sunday on Interstate 26 near Fletcher.
Troopers said at least five people were still hospitalized Tuesday with injuries from the wreck, including one person listed in critical condition.
The pileup happened around 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 43 eastbound on I-26. According to troopers, at least nine vehicles were involved.
Gail Evans Kimble, 55, and Alvin Kimble Jr., 60, both of Lexington, SC died when their car was hit by an 18-wheeler during the chain reaction collision, according to a family member.
The couple, married 20 years, was driving home from Nashville, TN after attending the USC football game. A family friend was also in the vehicle. There's no word on her condition.
An attorney for Velkov did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Greenville television station WYFF is reporting Velkov's bond was set at $230,000 on the five felony charges. He is being held in the Henderson County Detention Center.