Migrant charged with death of seven, including 5 Marine vets scheduled for trial next month

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CONCORD, NH- In 2019, then-23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 towing a trailer in New Hampshire, when he crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a group of U.S. Marine Corps veterans on motorcycles, killing five of them, along with two of their loved ones.

Zhukovskyy was charged with seven counts of negligent homicide for the killing.

Now, Breitbart News reports that Zhukovskyy is scheduled to stand trial in the case.

The victims were:

  • Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire
  • Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee, New Hampshire
  • Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island
  • Jo-Ann Corr, 58 of Lakeville, Massachusetts
  • Edward Corr, 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts
  • Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, New Hampshire
  • Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire.

This week, Coos County Superior Judge Peter Bornstein was told by defense lawyer Jay Duguay that their accident reconstruction expert, a former Massachusetts State Police trooper had disciplinary actions which they felt disqualified him from the case.

He had been working with the defense since August, 2019, WHDH reported.

 The case was only days away from jury selection when the revelation was made.

“We’ve experienced significant difficulty in identifying an expert that’s qualified, has appropriate resources, and is willing to accept the case,” Duguay told Bornstein.

“Unfortunately, I learned this afternoon that one of our optimistic prospects had indicated that they were not interested in taking the case. So I have inquiries out, and we are waiting to hear back from some folks,” Duguay said.

The attorneys and Judge Bornstein spoke about scheduling conflicts. Bornstein was planning to issue an order later in the week with new jury selection and trial states. Another status conference has been planned for January, Breitbart reported.

Zhukovskyy has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless conduct as a result of the crash, which happened in Randolph, New Hampshire on June 21, 2019.

He has been locked up since the crash. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has had a detainer on Zhukovskyy since he was jailed, requesting he be turned over to immigration officials should he be released from prison at any time.

All the victims were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club.

For our original report, we invite you to read it below:

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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.

Migrant charged with death of seven, including 5 Marine vets scheduled for trial next month
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, faces charges in the deaths of seven Marines.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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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Migrant charged with death of seven, including 5 Marine vets scheduled for trial next month

 

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.

 

Following is another related story:

It took the lives of seven U.S. Marines for the Massachusetts RMV to do their jobs.

Seven.

Seven United States Marines were tragically killed in a gruesome highway crash last month when Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, who should not have been on the road, crashed his pickup truck and trailer into the group.

It took the lives of seven people – seven heroes that were willing to sacrifice their lives for their country – for the Massachusetts RMV to actually look through their records to see who else shouldn’t be on the road. 

Now, more than 1,600 Massachusetts residents have had their licenses suspended. 

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy

 

Out-of-state driving violations are reported to the RMV. But if no one takes the initiative to dig through them, drivers who should have their licenses suspended are slipping through the cracks.

And that’s exactly what happened in June. 

CapeCod.com reported that the massive quantity of unprocessed out-of-state violations were discovered left in bins at RMV headquarters and were also found during a search of the agency’s archives dating back to 2011.

Take that in for a moment.

These reports would have revoked the licenses of those who shouldn’t be on the road. But because no one actually looked at them or processed them… people died.

“A Friday memo from top registry and transportation officials also said there’s no evidence that the registry had a consistent practice of sending out mail or electronic notification of violations or suspension actions taken in Massachusetts to other states in real time,” the report continued.

These ignored reports would have revoked Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s license, keeping him off the road after numerous dangerous violations.

The head of the Massachusetts Registry for Motor Vehicles resigned at the end of last month amid controversy over the driver who killed seven United States Marines in a crash.

The backlash concerns the fact that 23-year-old 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.

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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, Zhukovskyy flipped an 18-wheeler in Texas.

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Migrant charged with death of seven, including 5 Marine vets scheduled for trial next month

 

A report from WHDH Boston said that “

Now they’re making damn sure that no one else gets caught up in the same costly mistake.

Migrant charged with death of seven, including 5 Marine vets scheduled for trial next month
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, faces charges in the deaths of seven Marines.

 

Refusing a chemical test is an instant termination of a CDL. Reports suggested that the Connecticut DMV’s notification to Massachusetts RMV did not provide sufficient evidence to automatically generate the revocation, but set it up for a manual review, which evidently was not completed by RMV staff.

Police say that the night of the crash, Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire.  It was towing a trailer used to haul cars.

They said he was driving westbound when he crashed into a group of motorcycles driving in the opposite direction. When emergency crews arrived, the pickup truck was on fire and onlookers had rushed in to try and help the drivers who were thrown all over the road.

 

Seven people were killed in the crash.  New Hampshire State Police identified the victims:

  • Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, NH
  • Albert Mazza Jr., 59, of Lee, NH
  • Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, NH
  • Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, NH
  • Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, RI
  • Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, MA

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“There was debris everywhere,” said Miranda Thompson, 21, of Manchester, who was several cars back and recalled seeing a truck in flames on the side of the highway and six motorcycles.

Other drivers pulled over and tried to help the wounded.

“People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn’t move,” she said. “You could tell people were lost who it happened too … It was a sad day for all of them.”

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