LANCASTER — The state’s case against Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, who is charged with seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with the deaths of seven motorcyclists in Randolph on June 21, moved forward this week.
After meeting for a dispositional conference in chambers on Monday in Coos County Superior Court with both the state and defense, Judge Peter Bornstein issued an order that sets Nov. 8 for the selection of a jury that may serve for as long as 10 trial days.
Bornstein ordered that all motions to exclude testimony/evidence be filed within 25 days of a final pretrial conference on Nov. 4 and he also set a last dispositional conference for Sept. 23.
According to a notation in the case summary, the affidavit detailing the criminal charges allegedly committed by Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, Mass., may be unsealed that day.
Authorities say that around 6:30 p.m. on June 21, Zhukovskyy was operating a pickup truck that was towing a car trailer westbound on Route 302, when he swerved into the eastbound lane and struck a group of motorcyclists from the Jarheads Motorcycle Club.
Made up of Marines and Navy corpsmen, some of the Jarheads had just left the Mount Jefferson View campground where many of them had been staying in anticipation of an annual meeting that was to be held the next day at the Dupont-Holmes American Legion Post No. 82 in nearby Gorham.
An advance group of Jarheads was headed to the American Legion Post on June 21 to participate in a weekly raffle there and then to set up the event hall for the club’s annual meeting when they were struck by Zhukovskyy.
The impact killed Desma Oakes of Concord; Aaron Perry of Farmington; Michael Ferazzi of Contoocook; Albert Mazza of Lee; Joanne and Edward Corr of Lakeville, Mass.; and Daniel Pereira of Riverside, R.I., and injured three other people.
A memorial has sprung up at the site of the collision and on July 5, what was called “The Ride for the Fallen 7” attracted thousands of motorcycle riders and passengers that traveled from The Weirs in Laconia to Randolph to pay their respects.