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Trucker charged in crash that killed 5 people

Posted: 12:04 PM, Feb 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-04 17:47:36-05

A tractor trailer driver has been charged with 11 traffic offenses in connection with a fatal crash 13 months ago that killed five people on the Eastern Shore, including a pregnant woman and a two-month-old.

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Yvenet Mayette, 29, of Philadelphia faces the following charges:

  • Failure to stop at a red light, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Failure to control speed to avoid collision, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Negligent driving, which contributed to a fatal crash
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving a commercial vehicle in condition likely to cause a crash, which contributed to a fatal crash
  • Driving a commercial vehicle with inoperative brakes on a combination vehicle, which contributed to a fatal crash
  • Driving a commercial vehicle with inadequate brake linings, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Driving a commercial vehicle after being on duty for 70 hours in eight consecutive days, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Driver of a commercial vehicle preparing a falsified record of duty status, which contributed to a fatal crash
  • Driver of property carrying vehicle driving after 14 hours of having come on duty without 10 hours off duty, contributing to a fatal crash
  • Driver of property carrying vehicle driving after having driven 11 hours without 10 hours off duty, contributing to a fatal crash

The crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2015, at the intersection of Route 50 and Route 213 in Wye Mills in Queen Anne’s County. 

The tractor trailer driven by Mayette was southbound on Route 213 when it collided with a 2006 Suzuki Forenza traveling westbound on Route 50.

Killed in the crash were Regina M. Ayres, 24; Zarissa Ayres, 30, and her unborn child; Jordan Ayres, 7; Travis M. Straton, 25; and Jonathan Ayres, two months.

The family was on the way to Zarissa Ayres' baby shower in Baltimore. 

Mayette was also injured in the crash.