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Jury on acquitted a commercial truck driver of causing the 2019 deaths of 7 bikers. HE GOT AWAY WITH MURDER

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A jury on Tuesday acquitted a commercial truck driver of causing the 2019 deaths of seven motorcyclists in a head-on collision in northern New Hampshire.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 26, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence, and reckless conduct, although some of the charges were dropped during the trial. He has been in jail since the crash on June 21, 2019, in Randolph.

His trial began on July 26.

The seven who died were part of a Marines motorcycle club and were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They ranged in age from 42 to 62. They were part of a larger group that had just left a motel and were headed to an American Legion Post in Gorham for a fundraiser.

The jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning the verdict.

Prosecutors had argued that Zhukovskyy, who had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine that day, repeatedly swerved back and forth before the head-on crash and told police he caused it. But a judge dismissed eight charges related to whether he was impaired, and his attorneys blame the lead biker, Albert “Woody” Mazza, who was among those killed.

“He was drunk, he was not looking where he was going, he lost control of his motorcycle and slid in front of Vlad Zhukovskyy’s truck. Al Mazza caused this accident. Vlad Zhukovskyy is not guilty,” defense attorney Jay Duguay said in closing statements.

“There is no doubt that this accident was a tragedy,” Duguay said. “But we are not here to decide whether or not this was a tragedy.”

Duguay accused prosecutors of ignoring that their own accident reconstruction unit contradicted their theory that Zhukovskyy crossed into the oncoming lane. An expert hired by the defense, meanwhile, testified that the crash happened on the center line of the road and would have occurred even if the truck was in the middle of its lane because Mazza’s motorcycle was heading in that direction.

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2 comments

  1. find the sicky judge!!
    our justice system is a joke.
    noone kills bikers
    and gets away with it.
    the cocaine, heroine guy admitted it.

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  2. Condolences to the family of the guys that were on the bikes, I’m a truck driver and I understand my responsibility as being a truck driver and the safety of others, you got to be out your mind to think that that lead motorcycles causes accident, especially if the truck driver has been getting high and drunk, somebody got paid for this, I have disregard for the judge and that whole state, and the people that deliberated and said not guilty, you are some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met in my life, I hope you got paid well. God forgive your souls.

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