Final Friday, tragedy struck the bike and army veteran group after a pickup truck collided with a bunch of motorcyclists in Randolph, New Hampshire, killing seven and injuring one other three. New Hampshire police and legal professional normal’s workplace report that 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy from West Springfield, Massachusetts was arrested and charged on seven counts of negligent murder on Monday.
Police initially questioned Zhukovskyy on the scene however was allowed to return to his dwelling in Massachusetts, in accordance with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board. On Monday morning, a person reportedly answered the cellphone at his residence and recognized himself as his brother-in-law, saying his household was “in shock” and feeling as pained as everybody else, experiences the New York Put up. Nevertheless, he didn’t disclose the place or not he believed if Volodymyr was responsible.
Zhukovsky reportedly has an extended historical past of alcohol-related offenses, together with an arrest for driving beneath the affect in Westfield, Massachusetts in 2013. From that offense, his license was suspended for 210 days with a probation interval of 1 12 months, in accordance with The Westfield Information. Then simply final month, the 23-year-old skilled a run-in with the regulation after law enforcement officials in East Windsor, Connecticut responded to complaints of a person “revving his truck” and performing erratically exterior his automobile in a Walmart car parking zone.
When Zhukovsky was arraigned in a court docket in New Hampshire, he reportedly appeared visibly remorseful, trying down at his ft as he was led by way of the courtroom in cuffs. The investigation continues to be ongoing.
“This is among the worst tragic incidents that we now have investigated right here within the state,” New Hampshire State Police Col. Chris Wagner instructed The Los Angeles Occasions on Saturday. “It is going to be a really prolonged investigation.”
The 10 victims concerned within the crash have been both supporters or members of the Marine JarHeads bike group primarily based in New England. It’s a bunch that primarily consists of Marine veterans and their spouses aged 42 to 62, in accordance with CBS native affiliate, WBNS.
A GoFundMe web page was set as much as assist the victims, their households, and the biker’s membership. A candlelight vigil involving fellow motorcyclists and others inside the group was held on Sunday, which attracted over 400 motorcyclists in a rally. A second fundraiser and vigil are deliberate for Wednesday.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on Monday to pay tribute to the victims.
“Everybody’s struggling a lot,” George Loring, a member of the JarHeads bike group who witnessed the accident instructed reporters. “It is so unhappy for the brothers and sisters who died. You might be indignant at him, you might be no matter. I do not know. I am glad he is been arrested.”
The president of JarHeads, Manny Ribeiro, who was concerned and survived the crash, instructed reporters that the group simply completed dinner and was en path to a fundraiser on the American Legion submit in Gorham only a quick trip away. There have been a complete of 15 bikes and 21 riders within the caravan on the best way to the submit. Ribiero additionally stated he remembers seeing Zhukovsky “screaming and working” round earlier than being apprehended by authorities. Others have been supposedly yelling at Zhukovsky, exclaiming whether or not he was conscious of what had simply occurred.
“It was simply an explosion … with components and every part flying by way of the air,” Ribiero instructed reporters. “He turned arduous left into us and took out just about everybody behind me. The truck and trailer stayed connected and that’s the reason it was so devastating … as a result of the trailer was connected and it was such an enormous trailer, it was like a whip. It simply cleaned us out.”
“I noticed Al [motorcyclist]. I knew he was gone straight away,” continued Ribiero. “At that time, we simply tried to determine who wanted assist and set to work. There was particles all over the place and the truck was on hearth. I used to be simply in search of survivors, acquainted faces and looking for out who I had misplaced and … attempting to assist the dwelling.”
“When one thing like this occurs, all of us really feel it,” stated Cat Wilson, an organizer for a charity occasion in Massachusetts. Wilson was additionally a pal of one of many victims. “There isn’t any tighter group than our biker group.”