It took the lives of seven U.S. Marines for the Massachusetts RMV to do their jobs.
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.
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.
** DRIVER OF THE PICKUP WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED TODAY 6/24/19 of Negligent homicide, more details coming*** Terrible…
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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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.
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.
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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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“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.”