Update: Driver In Crash That Killed 7 Motorcycle Riders In Custody After Court Appearance
The driver of a pick-up truck involved in Friday’s crash in Randolph that killed seven motorcyclists appeared in a Massachusetts courtroom this afternoon.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, is facing seven counts of negligent homicide for his role in crash on Route 2 in the northern New Hampshire town.
Massachusetts State Police arrested Zhukovskyy this morning at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts. During a brief hearing in Springfield District Court, he waived extradition and was transferred into the custody of New Hampshire law enforcement.
“It’s tragic for the families involved, it’s tragic for the victims, and it’s tragic for his family, too,” his court appointed attorney Donald Frank told reporters after the hearing. “And I’m not trying to equate that they are all the same. I’m making no such suggestion. But I’m hoping that everyone will be respectful toward the people who died in this case, and respectful for what he has to go through, too.”
Investigators haven’t yet released information about the cause of the accident. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board continue to work with local officials on the case.
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The driver of a pick-up truck that collided with a group of motorcycles in Randolph on Friday is being charged with seven counts of negligent homicide.
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says it arrested 23-year old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy this morning at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
He was behind the wheel of the truck that crashed into ten motorcycles on Route 2. Seven people were killed, and three others were injured. Investigators haven’t released information about what may have caused the crash.
Four New Hampshire residents are among the seven who were killed Friday night when a pickup truck crashed into a group of motorcycles.
On Sunday, officials released the names of the victims of the accident in Randolph.
Michael Ferazzi of Contoocook, Albert Mazza of Lee, Desma Oakes of Concord, and Aaron Perry of Farmington died. A Rhode Island man and a couple from Massachusetts were also killed. Three other riders were injured.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says all of the victims died of blunt force trauma. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. The driver of the pickup, 23-year-old Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Mass., did survive.
A man who identified himself as Zhukovskyy's father says his son is cooperating with an investigation into the tragedy.
Investigators say Zhukovskyy is an employee of a Springfield, Massachusetts-area transportation company.
A reporter reached a man by phone Sunday at a listing for Zhukovskyy.
The man who answered identified himself as Zhukovskyy's father and said his son is cooperating with authorities back in Massachusetts. The man declined to comment further.
Gov. Chris Sununu has directed flags to fly at half-staff until sunset Monday evening in honor of the crash victims.
See earlier reports here.