Trucker Accused of Driving Into Protesters Released Without Charges
Bogdan Vechirko, a truck driver in Minnesota who narrowly missed hitting protesters over the weekend, was released from jail Tuesday with no charges.
Vechirko was apparently confronted by a huge violent mob blocking a bridge outside Minneapolis after coming back from delivering fuel in his tanker truck. While the Vechirko has been accused of deliberately driving into protesters, the video doesn’t support that claim, as it shows that he clearly stopped his vehicle to not hit them.
As reported by Conservative Review:
[Yet] as the chaotic event played out on Sunday, people initially thought this was a man on a murderous rampage to kill the saintly “protesters.” He actually wound up stopping to avoid hitting people, even though he was unaware of what was going on, and was dragged out of his truck and beaten. Then he was arrested by Hennepin County police. To my knowledge, nobody who beat him was arrested.
— Brett Hoffland (@BrettHoffland) May 31, 2020
CR continues that the business owner Vechirko was delivering fuel to tweeted out the following on Sunday afternoon:
— Lonnie (@LonnieMcQ) May 31, 2020
John Harrington, the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, stated that Vechriko purposely did what he could not to hit protestors.
“We do have some info that he was speeding. We do have some info that he saw the crowd and initially he panicked and he just kept barreling forward. Then he saw a young woman on a bike fall down in front of him and he slammed on the brakes. And he slid until the vehicle stopped.
“We know that the driver of the tanker truck was on the freeway already. He was on 94 already and he turned onto 35 before we got barricades or trucks there to block off his access to 35. This was his second run of the day. He was running empty, there was no fuel in that tanker truck.”
In other words, Vechirko was speeding on what he thought was an empty highway.
Minnesota Democrat Governor Tim Walz said Vechirko “feels incredibly lucky that he did not kill someone.”
The Star Tribune reports that a relative of Vechirko’s, Art Loghinov, said that what happened was unintentional, and that he has spoken with Vechirko since then. Loghinov said that the incident on the bridge was “not his fault. … He didn’t have any intent to harm or do anything bad to anybody. He’s a nice, friendly guy, he was just going home.”