Family: Wrong-Way I-80 Driver Recently Had Brain Surgery

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The family of 42-year-old Sergey Masalov is speaking out for the first time, since he was killed last week.

He’s the man who CHP says drove the wrong way on I-80,killing himself and two others on May 12.

Relatives of Masalov have expressed their apologies to the families of the two other men who died when his pickup slammed into them, head-on.

Tuesday, Masalov's wife, Marina, and her daughter, Angie, wanted to share what a special man he was, a devoted father and husband, who recently underwent brain surgery.

The night of the accident, his family says, he was coming from a prayer group in West Sacramento, making his way back home.

“He goes there a lot. He’d be gone home sometimes, just being in that prayer group trying to get his brain tumor to heal," Angie Masalov said.

She believes that tumor caused the deadly crash.

Marina says her husband was a loving man, who lived for his family.

She says he worked hard. His garden tools still out in the backyard, where he was working the day before the crash.

Marina says he never slowed down, despite still recuperating from brain surgery just seven months earlier. She says he wanted to set a good example for their children.

Angie says he will always be remembered for his kind heart and being a sweet dad.

“Always wanted to protect me, and love me," Angie said. "I just miss him now."

The CHP says they are still investigating the crash and waiting for toxicology results.