A Massachusetts truck driver was charged with seven counts of Negligent Homicide on Monday in the horrific collision Friday on a rural northern New Hampshire two-lane street that killed seven motorcyclists and injured 3 others.
Based on news reports Monday, when Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested, Massachusetts State Police discovered packets containing a residue that authorities think is illegal in his dwelling. He has not been charged with drug possession yet, authorities said.
Researchers said Monday that Zhukovskyy was charged with drunken driving last month in Connecticut. He was expected to be arraigned on May 20, but the hearing was postponed because his lawyer had a scheduling conflict.
On Friday, police stated Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer when his vehicle struck the 10 bikes at roughly 6:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire.
Police stated Zhukovskyy is an employee of Springfield-based Westfield Transport. The business said it is cooperating with investigators.
The news media also has stated the victims are supporters or members of the Marine JarHeads, a New England motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. Members vary from 42 to 62 years in age.
Dawn Brindley told reporters she had been riding with the group when they collided with the vehicle.
“I watched the truck, I believe. I don’t even know. It was only all flame. I just put my bike down and I just rolled. I just looked around. Somebody helped me upward. I was just hysterical. ”
The motorcyclists were on their way to an event for an American Legion post.
“The scene is pretty big and there’s a lot of job to be done,” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told that the news media. “I don’t understand that I have ever seen a crash with this loss of life. It was a pretty big. ”
According to reports Monday, documents in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggest that the business has faced various violations within the previous two years, including two cases where drivers have been in possession of narcotic drugs.
Those cases occurred in Vermont and Massachusetts, respectively. The federal records don’t record drivers that have been behind the wheel during the inspections.
Other inspections led to the discovery of vehicle maintenance offenses including inoperative or faulty brakes, drivers who didn’t have a required CDL license, and dangerous driving offenses like failure to stay in a lane and speeding 11 to 14 mph over the speed limit, based on documents.
George Loring, a JarHeads member who had been a few hundred yards from the crash scene as it happened, said Zhukovskyy has to live with it for the rest of his life. “It’so sad for the sisters and brothers who died,’ he said.
According to The Associated Press, authorities identified the dead as Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza Jr., 59, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island; along with Jo-Ann along with Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts.