The driver accused of killing seven United States Marines in a deadly crash was indicted on 23 charges Monday, including manslaughter and negligent homicide.
23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy now faces charges of seven counts of manslaughter, seven counts of negligent homicide – DUI, seven counts of negligent homicide, one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless conduct.
The formal indictment came from Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Coos County Attorney John McCormick Monday, according to a report from Mass Live.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that Zhukovskyy tested positive for some type of amphetamine or other narcotic after he allegedly crossed the median in his truck and slammed into a group of United States Marines who were riding their motorcycles together. The crash took seven lives and injured several others.
The man accused of being under the influence of a controlled drug or drugs at the time of the crash on Route 2 in New Hampshire that killed seven people has been indicted. https://t.co/y5L28Uil1A
— masslivenews (@masslivenews) October 27, 2019
Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 with a trailer when the accident occurred.
Zhukovskyy reportedly told investigators that he “reached downward and attempted to retrieve an object from the bottom area of the center console of his vehicle,” prompting him to take his attention off the road and cross the center line, hitting the group of motorcycles head-on.
“Mr. Zhukovskyy stated that while his attention was diverted from the road, his vehicle crossed leftwards into the lane of oncoming traffic, colliding with oncoming motorists,” the accident report noted.
The carnage from the accident was horrific.
7 Marines Killed as Truck PLOWS into Motorcycle Group…https://t.co/sz5S3UdpRc
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) June 22, 2019
Mass Live reported that among the deceased veterans were Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza Jr., 59, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island; and Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts.
But according to our research, Zhukovskyy should have never been behind the wheel in the first place.
An OUI charge against the 23-year-old in Connecticut should have immediately revoked his CDL license, but the paperwork never made it through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
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The backlash even led to the head of the Massachusetts RMV stepping down after the public learned that Zhukovskyy was allowed to keep his CDL driver’s license despite the fact that violations from a May incident in Connecticut should have revoked it.
Zhukovskyy received a Massachusetts personal driving license on April 25, 2013, and received a Class A license, or CDL, on Aug. 3, 2018, according to reports. He faced a number of OUI charges and just a few weeks before the horrific crash that claimed the lives of seven veterans, he reportedly flipped an 18-wheeler in Texas.
WHDH Boston said that “
The failure to address the situation and potentially keep dangerous drivers off the road has sparked an investigation into the RMV, with workers quickly going through thousands of records to ensure another mistake doesn’t happen.
Zhukovskyy is now set to be arraigned in the Coos Superior Court on November 5.
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