(Photo: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Photographs were part of the investigative process after five girders on the bridge above the southbound I-17 lanes were damaged.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A North Las Vegas, NV, semi-truck driver has been cited for hit-and-run and other crimes in connection with an oversized load that struck the Jefferson Street overpass on Interstate 17 in Phoenix on Oct. 4.
The Department of Public Safety said Tuesday morning that Shayne Skougard, 32, was identified as the driver of the load that damaged five of the bridge's girders above the southbound lanes of I-17.
A DPS spokesman said witnesses provided detailed descriptions of the truck and its driver after the 11 a.m. crash.
Witness accounts and the Arizona Department of Transportation provided enough evidence for DPS to track down Skougard and cite him for violating oversize permit restrictions, causing the crash and hit-and-run. He was cited in Justice Court in Phoenix.
Skougard's company was required to apply for a permit through ADOT to haul the oversized load through the state.
Skougard faces severe fines, possible jail time and the suspension of his commercial driver's license if he is found guilty, the spokesman said.
ADOT said it plans to file a claim with the company's insurance carrier to recover the costs of repairing the bridge.
ADOT is still developing plans to repair the structure.
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