Randolph crash victims

Among the Randolph crash victims are, top row from left, Jo-ann and Edward Corr of Lakeville, Mass., Desma Oakes of Concord, N.H., and Aaron Perry of Farmington. Bottom row from left are Michael Ferazzi of Contoocook, Albert Mazza of Lee and Daniel Pereira of Riverside, R.I.

Driver accused of killing 7 motorcyclists faces 16 new charges

{child_byline}By Paul Feely

New Hampshire Union Leader

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CONCORD — The man accused of causing a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in Randolph in June has been indicted on 23 charges — including 16 new ones — officials said Monday.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, had faced seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with the June 21 crash on Route 2 in Randolph.

The new indictments, announced Monday by the Attorney General’s office, bring the total number of charges against Zhukovskyy to 23 and include seven counts of manslaughter and seven counts of negligent homicide-DUI, considered Class A felonies.

Authorities say Zhukovskyy crashed into members of the Massachusetts chapter of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, killing seven and injuring several others. Investigators have said Zhukovskyy’s 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck was towing a flatbed trailer as it traveled west on Route 2 when it crossed into the eastbound lane and hit the group.

A court affidavit showed police investigating the crash interviewed several witnesses who claimed to have seen Zhukovskyy’s pickup truck swerving on Route 2 before the incident. The affidavit also reported several calls were made to emergency responders to report Zhukovskyy’s reckless driving.

In the weeks prior to the June 21 crash, officials in Connecticut twice notified the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) about a drunken driving arrest against Zhukovskyy. Zhukovskyy’s license wasn’t suspended, prompting an overhaul of the RMV.

The breakdown of the 23 charges against Zhukovskyy are as follows:

Seven counts of manslaughter in that he recklessly caused the deaths of Albert Mazza of Lee; Daniel Pereira of Riverside, R.I.; Michael Ferazzi of Contoocook; Edward and Jo-ann Corr of Lakeville, Mass.; Aaron Perry of Farmington; and Desma Oakes of Concord;

Seven counts of negligent homicide-DUI, Class A felony.

Seven counts of negligent homicide, Class B felony, in that he negligently caused the deaths of Albert Mazza, Daniel Pereira, Michael Ferazzi, Edward Corr, Jo-ann Corr, Aaron Perry, and Desma Oakes.

One count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, Class B felony, in that he drove a 2016 Dodge 2500 truck with an attached trailer, upon Route 2, a way in Randolph, while under the influence of a controlled drug, or a combination of controlled drugs, thereby causing a motor vehicle collision resulting in serious bodily injury to Joshua Morin.

One count of reckless conduct, Class B felony, charging he recklessly engaged in conduct which placed or may have placed Manuel Ribeiro; Valerie Ribeiro; Joshua Morin; David Bark; William Hooker; Patricia Sweeney; Steven Lewis; Dawn Brindley; Douglas Hayward; Drenda Hayward; Dana Thompson; Tad Duarte; Debra Duarte; Michael McEachern; or Sarah McEachern in danger of serious bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon by driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 truck with an attached trailer and crossing into the opposite lane of travel and into the path of oncoming vehicles.

Zhukovskyy will be arraigned on these charges in Coos County Superior Court on Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.

If convicted of all grand jury charges, Zhukovskyy could face up to 378 years in prison.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019