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Volodymyr Zhukovskyy enters not guilty pleas in NH crash that left 5 Marine vets, 2 others dead

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield stands during his arraignment in Hampton District Court Monday, June 24, 2019. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, Pool/TNS)

The criminal complaint filed against Volodymyr Zhukovskyy in New Hampshire accuses the Massachusetts man of crossing the double yellow centerline on Route 2 in Randolph with his truck and colliding with a group of motorcycle riders on Friday night.

Zhukovskyy, a 23-year-old West Springfield man who had his driver’s license suspended Monday, is facing seven counts of negligent homicide in the crash that left seven people dead. He was scheduled to appear in Coos County Superior Court in New Hampshire for his arraignment, but he waived his appearance in court.

Paperwork on file in court lists the names of all seven victims, including Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, a Massachusetts couple who were killed while riding on the same motorcycle together.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s driver’s license suspended; Driver faces negligent homicide charges in NH crash that left 7 bikers dead

Records show this isn’t the first time Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s license has been suspended.

The husband and wife, both 58, of Lakeville, were part of a group of motorcycle riders from the Jarheads MC, a motorcycle club made up of U.S. Marine Corps veterans and their spouses.

The complaint in New Hampshire said Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck with an attached trailer on Route 2 westbound when he allegedly crossed the double yellow centerline and struck the motorcycle riders in the eastbound lane.

Two people from Massachusetts were also injured in the crash. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Paperwork filed with the court showed Zhukovskyy entered not guilty pleas and signed a waiver of arraignment. The paperwork lists he is his held in a correctional facility in New Hampshire.

A bail order shows Zhukovskyy was ordered held in “preventive detention” and a judge notes his “criminal and driving history exhibit a pattern of operating a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner.”

The judge further states, “if released, he will likely present a danger to the safety of defendant or the public.”

The paperwork filed in court orders Zhukovskyy to have no contact with several people. A list of those people on file in court shows the names of people who survived the crash and people who appear to be family members of the victims.

Zhukovskyy works for Westfield Transport in West Springfield. Federal records show Westfield Transport has a history of driving violations. Massachusetts RMV records show Zhukovskyy also had his license suspended once before this fatal crash and has a drunken driving charge on his record. He is also facing a drunken driving charge in Connecticut and was arrested in Texas for allegedly possessing a crack pipe while sitting at a Denny’s restaurant.

Zhukovskyy was arrested by Massachusetts State Police Monday on a fugitive charge in connection with the New Hampshire case.

Authorities said trooper “located in the defendant’s residence wax packets containing a residue suspected of being heroin,” authorities said.

The residue is being tested and if it tests positive for drugs, Zhukovskyy will face more charges, state police said.

The criminal complaint from New Hampshire can be read here:

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