Truck driver, whose watermelon load caused fatal accident, charged with homicide

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Bronx man who was driving a tractor-trailer rig loaded with watermelons that overturned and spilled onto I-95 in Philadelphia last April has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk.

Authorities say 30-year-old Leytong Peralta-Olivo was taken into custody at his home last week and returned to Pennsylvania.

Investigators say Peralta-Olivo was behind the wheel of a big rig carrying the watermelons when he lost control on exit 19 to Packer Avenue and the Walt Whitman Bridge from northbound I-95 on April 18.

Police closed two lanes on I-95 as well as the Oregon Avenue ramp in South Philadelphia for several hours to clean up the mess.