CONCORD, NH (WWLP) – A West Springfield truck driver accused of crashing into a group of motorcyclists, killing seven, in New Hampshire on June 21, was indicted on more than 20 charges Monday.
According to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, a Coos County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy on seven counts of reckless manslaughter, seven counts of negligent homicide (Class A felony), seven counts of negligent homicide (Class B felony), one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated (Class B felony), and one count of reckless conduct (Class B felony).
Zhukovskyy is scheduled to be arraigned on the morning of November 5 at the Coos Superior Court.
On Monday, June 24, Massachusetts State Police detectives arrested Zhukovskyy at his West Springfield home on a fugitive from justice charge out of New Hampshire after being identified as the operator of a Westfield Transport truck that collided with 10 motorcyclists in Randolph.
Zhukovskyy waived his right to be in court for his arraignment on Tuesday and his attorney entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.
The crash killed seven members of the Marine Jarheads motorcycle club and injured three others while they were returning from a benefit event to help raise money for a local American Legion. Zhukovskyy was a new driver and was on his way back to western Massachusetts when the accident occurred. That was Zhukovskyy’s second trip with the company.
State Police said troopers allegedly found wax packets containing suspected heroin while searching Zhukovskyy’s home. He could face additional charges for the substance.
Court documents obtained by 22News shows that Zhukovskyy had been arrested on multiple separate charges prior to the deadly accident in Randolph.
His case raised questions about how the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles prioritizes processing out of state driving offenses, leading to an audit that resulted in the resignation of Erin Deveny, who was the registrar of the RMV at the time.
MassDOT determined Zhukovskyy should not have been driving with a commercial driver’s license when the accident occurred.
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