The truck driver involved in a crash that sent another car careening off the Bay Bridge this summer pleaded guilty to traffic violations in October.

Gabor Lovasz pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County District Court in Glen Burnie on Oct. 18 to four traffic charges, according to court records: failure to control speed on a highway to avoid a collision, negligent driving, driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed and unsafe lane changing.

He was fined a total of $450, according to court records.

On July 19, Lovasz was driving a tractor-trailer that collided with a Chrysler Sebring driven by 23-year-old Morgan Lake of Sunderland, according to police. Lake's car went off the bridge into the water. She was able to free herself and swim to the surface where she reached rocks on one of the bridge abutments, according to police. She was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Lovasz, now 30, also struck another car, a Mazda CX-5 driven by Herb Sutcliffe, police said. Sutcliffe and his wife suffered minor injuries.

Lovasz, a Hungarian immigrant living in Canada through that country's Temporary Foreign Worker program, was on his first trip driving alone in the U.S. when he became distracted and caused the crash, police said.

In court records, Lovasz is listed as living at an address in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island.

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