MASSACHUSETTS – The head of the Massachusetts Registry for Motor Vehicles has resigned this week amid controversy over a driver who allegedly killed seven United States Marines in a crash.
The backlash circulates the fact that 23-year-old Volodymyr 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, Zhukovskyy flipped an 18-wheeler in Texas.
A report from WHDH Boston said that “
Refusing a chemical test is an instant termination of a CDL. Reports suggest 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.
Now he’ll have to be extradited to New Hampshire to face the charges against him, according to New Hampshire State Police.
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— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2019
Police say last Friday night, 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. Police do not know why he crossed the center of the line.
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.
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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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According to police records, Zhukovskyy was arrested on drunken driving charges last month. He was ALSO arrested on drunken driving charges in 2013. And in 2012, he was involved in an accident.
Despite the fact that he was charged with on OUI last month, he was driving for Westfield Transport at the time of the crash.
Those records show police in East Windsor, Connecticut stopped him on May 11 of this year, and that he was also arrested for drunken driving in 2013 in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Witnesses of Friday’s crash described it as an absolutely “devastating” scene.
“It’s tragic,” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters during a late news conference. “It’s tragic for those involved, tragic for the families, so we’re doing our job, we’re doing our work, and our thoughts are with the people who were adversely affected by this.”
“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.”