West Springfield driver sent back to New Hampshire to face 7 counts of negligent homicide

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A West Springfield truck driver involved in an accident that killed seven motorcyclists over the weekend in New Hampshire, was taken into custody after his arraignment in Springfield on Monday . 

Massachusetts State Police arrested 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy at his West Springfield home early Monday morning, on a fugitive from justice charge stemming from a warrant issued out of New Hampshire.

22News was in Springfield District Court when Zhukovskyy pleaded not guilty to the fugitive from justice charge, waived extradition and handed over to New Hampshire authorities, where he faces seven counts of negligent homicide.

Original Story: West Springfield man involved in crash that killed 7 people

The 23-year-old was identified as the operator of a Westfield Transport truck that collided with 10 motorcyclists in Randolph, New Hampshire, Friday night. Out of the 10 motorcyclists involved in the crash, seven died and three suffered injuries. 22News spoke with Zhukovskyy’s attorney after Monday’s arraignment. 

“It’s tragic for the victims and it’s tragic for his family too,” said Attorney Donald Frank. “I’m hoping everyone will be respectful towards the people who died in this case and respectful of what he has to go through. Justice will be meted out.” 

According to Damien Gasanov of Westfield Transport, Zhukovskyy was on his way back to western Massachusetts when the accident occurred. The 23-year-old was a new driver and the trip was his second with the company. 

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State Police spokesman David Procopio told 22News troopers allegedly found wax packets containing a substance believed to be heroin while searching Zhukovskyy’s home. He could face additional charges if the substance turns out to be an illegal narcotic once it’s tested.

Court documents show that Zhukovskyy was arrested on May 11 for driving under the influence in East Windsor, Connecticut. He was released on a $2,500 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. 

In 2018, Zhukovskyy also pleaded guilty to sixth-degree larceny for his involvement in a burglary at an Enfield Home Depot warehouse in 2014, the Journal Inquirer reports.  

He was also arrested on a drunk driving charge in 2013, according to the Associated Press. Massachusetts RMV records show that Zhukovskyy was placed on probation for one year and had his license suspended for 210 days in 2014 in connection with that arrest. 

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