Truck driver to return to New Hampshire, face homicide charges following motorcycle crash

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CONCORD, N.H. (WMUR/ABC) — The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a group of motorcyclists Friday night, killing seven people and injuring three others, will return to New Hampshire to face negligent homicide charges.

Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, faced a judge Monday afternoon in Massachusetts and waived his extradition to New Hampshire. It’s not known when he will be set to appear in a New Hampshire courtroom.

Zhukovskyy is charged with seven counts of negligent homicide. He was arrested at 8 a.m. Monday in Massachusetts on a fugitive from justice charge.

Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 with an attached trailer when he was involved in a crash with 10 motorcycles about 6:30 p.m. Friday on Route 2 in Randolph, police said.

Zhukovskyy, who was the only occupant of the truck, is an employee of Westfield Transport Inc. of Massachusetts, officials said.

Zhukovskyy, when reached by phone over the weekend before his arrest in Massachusetts, told WMUR, ”It was a big tragedy. I’m trying to process this with my family. I’m feeling shocked. It happened so fast. I am cooperating with police. I feel mentally hurt.”

It’s still unclear when Zhukovskyy will be extradited to New Hampshire.

All seven of those killed were on motorcycles, and they were all members or supporters of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is made up of Marine veterans.

The victims have been identified as:
•    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, Massachusetts

Three others were injured in the crash. Two of them were later released from the hospital, and the third, 45-year-old Joshua Morin of Dalton, Massachusetts, is at Maine Medical Center. Morin is listed in stable condition.

Gov. Chris Sununu directed flags to fly at half-staff on Monday in honor of the victims.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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(This story was originally published on June 24, 2019)

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