Chicago driving school operator sentenced

| 8/28/2001

Peco "Peter" Sherovski, a former manager of AAA Driving School, who passed along bribes to help truckdrivers obtain an illegal CDL has been sentenced to 12 months in prison. One of those drivers, Adem Salihovic, lost control of his semi in November 1998, triggering a 74-vehicle pile-up in California that killed two people and injured 51 others.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Sherovski could have received up to 18 months in prison, but was given a lighter sentence for cooperation in the FBI's Operation Safe Road probe.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel made it clear that Sherovski wouldn't have received a break if he had been charged in California with more than simple traffic offenses for the fatal crash. Sherovski was also fined $30,000, the paper reported.