“74,000-Pound Death Machine”

A "74,000-pound death machine" full of broccoli careened out of control on the Conshocken Curve back in January.

The Ft. Washington husband and father of three who died that day never had a chance, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.

The tractor-trailer that crushed his Infiniti had such bad brake problems, it should never have been on the road, said Ferman.

Now three men are being blamed for 49-year old David Schreffler's death: the driver, the truck's owner and the man who allowed an inspection sticker to be put on a truck that was never inspected.

The big rig had a history of brake problems, according to investigators. On the day of the crash, they'd gotten so bad, the driver was "riding an emergency brake for much of that trip until finally all of the brakes gave out," said Ferman.

All three men will be charged with vehicular homicide. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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