SPRINGFIELD, MA (The Boston Herald) – The Massachusetts man charged in the fatal crash that took the lives of seven motorcyclists Friday was turned over to New Hampshire authorities this afternoon after a brief appearance in a Springfield court.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police this morning on a fugitive from justice charge out of New Hampshire. That charge was dismissed this afternoon and he was turned over to N.H. law enforcement officials to face seven charges of negligent homicide in connection with Friday’s crash.
Donald W. Frank, public defender for Zhukovskyy, said the fatal crash “is tragic for the families involved … it’s tragic for his family, too.”
The crash in Randolph, N.H., Friday afternoon killed seven bikers from a Massachusetts veterans group. Killed in the crash were Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, N.H., Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee, N.H., Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, N.H., Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, N.H., and Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, R.I.
All of them died as a result of blunt trauma, according to NH Deputy Attorney General Jane E. Young.
Several other riders were injured in the devastating wreck.
Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup towing a car-hauling trailer on Route 2 west about 6:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said, when it struck the group of motorcyclists heading east, authorities said.
The Massachusetts State Police said troopers also confiscated “wax packets containing a residue suspected of being heroin,” when they arrested Zhukovskyy this morning.
State police said the packets will be tested and additional charges may be filed if they test positive for heroin.
Zhukovskyy has also faced numerous driving related charges in the past, including a drunken driving conviction and an arrest after failing a field sobriety test last month in Connecticut.
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles records show that Zhukovskyy had his license suspended shortly after a 2013 arrest in Westfield because he was deemed an “immediate threat.”
The Westfield News reported in 2014 that Zhukovskyy was placed on probation for one year and had his license suspended for 210 days in that case.
Connecticut prosecutors say Zhukovskyy was arrested last month in an East Windsor Walmart parking lot after failing a sobriety test. Officers had responded to a complaint about a man who was revving his truck engine and jumping up and down outside the vehicle.
*The Ukrainian national’s criminal history also includes an arrest in February 2019 in Texas, for possession of drug paraphernalia (a crack pipe); convictions in January 2017 for possession of cocaine and heroin; a 2015 larceny conviction, after being caught stealing ladders and windows from Home Depot.
Zhukovskyy has a valid Green Card, but any of the arrests/convictions listed above should have resulted in his deportation. Of course, as we have seen time and time again, foreigners are allowed to remain in this country until they kill someone (in this case seven American citizens).
It should also be noted that no other news outlets reported on Zhukovskyy’s non-citizen status, and the fact that he is now being held on an ICE detainer, with the exception of Fox News and The Union Leader.