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Truck driver charged with causing bridge damage in Sugar Grove

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 1:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:06 p.m. CDT
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The underside of a bridge on Route 47 in Sugar Grove was damaged in March when it was struck by a truck.

SUGAR GROVE – A truck driver from Nebraska has been charged in an incident in which he is accused of carrying an oversized load that did damage to an overpass on Route 47 and then left the scene, according to a news release issued by the Sugar Grove Police Department.

Jay L. Pavey, 57, of Lincoln, Neb., is charged with unlawful use or damage of a highway, failure to provide information following a traffic crash and violation of an oversize permit in the incident, which took place March 19 at the overpass that is near Routes 30 and 56.

According to the release, Sugar Grove Police Detective Steve Kurzawa investigated the incident with only a vague description of the truck and the oversized load. At the time of the incident, police sent out a release with Kuzawa's contact information, seeking help from anyone who might have witnessed it. Kurzawa at the time indicated that chunks of concrete from the bridge fell onto Route 47 after the truck struck a metal girder underneath the bridge.

According to the release, the bridge sustained serious damage, though police could not estimate the cost of the damage.

The release indicated that a photograph of the load was found on an Illinois State Police camera and was found to be a large piece of mining equipment. Police said Kurzawa located the manufacturer and tracked down the trucking company and the driver.

Police said Pavey's next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. June 26 at the Aurora Branch Court.

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