By DAMIEN FISHER, InDepthNH.org
LANCASTER – The demo of the Massachusetts truck driver who allegedly killed 7 folks on bikes in Randolph even though he was driving less than the affect starts Tuesday in the Coos Superior Courtroom.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 26, is charged with 25 independent felonies, which includes negligent murder, negligent murder-DUI, reckless manslaughter, DUI aggravated collision with serious damage, and reckless perform with a deadly weapon.
On Monday, jurors seated in the situation went to the website of the 2019 Randolph crash in which Zhukovskyy allegedly hit and killed Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee, Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island, Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58 of Lakeville, Mass. Associates of the jury also went to the car dealership in Gorham where by Zhukovskyy was headed on the working day of the lethal crash.
According to the legal issues, Zhukovskyy negligently triggered the deaths by working a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck and connected trailer on Route 2 westbound erratically and across the double yellow centerline resulting in a collision with motorcycles in the eastbound lane in Randolph.
The motorbike riders were all associates of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club. Five of the crash victims have been Maritime veterans.
Erin Deveney resigned as the head of the Mass. Registry of Motor Automobiles when it arrived to light that her agency failed to do its work and that Zhukovskyy should really not have experienced a license on the day of the crash.
Zhukovskyy has a history of running less than the affect fees, as very well as drug possession fees. A month ahead of the crash, he was stopped and arrested in Connecticut for working below the impact.
Throughout that prevent, Zhukovskyy refused a blood exam, which underneath the law should have brought on an automatic suspension of his license. Rather, Massachusetts explained to Connecticut they did not give sufficient information and the suspension of his license was held up pending a evaluate by Massachusetts officials.
That evaluation did not happen before the lethal crash. In point, he ongoing to push and get in problems whilst that critique was pending. In early June, he was concerned in a crash in Texas exactly where officers say he flipped his Mack truck, that was hauling a trailer with cars and trucks on an interstate.
Zhukovskyy worked for Massachusetts trucking corporation Westfield Transport. The enterprise finished up spending out $1 million to the households of the crash victims before it went out of organization.
The witness listing for the trial features much more than 100 persons, and the trial is expected to get at the very least two months. Opening arguments are set to commence Tuesday at 9 a.m.