Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

7 motorcyclists dead after colliding with pickup truck

7 motorcyclists dead after colliding with pickup truck

Police have not stated the cause of the tragic crash, nor the identities of those involved.

The driver of a truck in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire was arrested on drunken driving charges last month and in 2013.

A 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on USA 2, a two-lane highway, leaving victims strewn on the grass amid their shattered bikes, police said.

A man who answered the phone at the home of Zhukovskyy's family and would identify himself only as his brother-in-law said Monday that the family is in shock and feeling the same pain as everyone else but couldn't say whether the driver was right or wrong.

Massachusetts State Police found wax packets at Zhukovskyy's house containing residue that is believed to be heroin.

New Hampshire Deputy Attorney General Jane Young said autopsies began Saturday morning on the seven crash victims.

Officials said on Sunday that the victims, five men and two women ages 42 to 62, all died of blunt trauma.

The US National Transportation Safety Board was on the scene and likely to investigate for about five days, NTSB investigator Kenny Bragg said.

Investigators on Saturday identified the pickup driver as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, an employee of Westfield Transport, a company in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Authorities say a call was received at around 6:30 p.m. regarding an accident on Route 2 in the town of Randolph, New Hampshire, New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told CNN. He has been charged with seven counts of negligent homicide.

The victims were identified as Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza, 49, of Lee, New Hampshire; and Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island. Seven people were killed and three others were taken to a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

The pickup truck was on fire, burning on the side of the road when emergency services arrived at the scene.

Jerry Hamanne, co-owner of a nearby bed-and-breakfast that was hosting one of the bikers in the group, said he and a doctor also staying at his inn went to the scene to help.

A photo from the scene showed mangled motorcycles strewn across the highway.

No arrests have been made in connection to the crash, McCormick said.

Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which hosts one of the state's biggest rallies in June, said he couldn't recall an accident of this magnitude involving bikers in the state. "The motorcycles were all chopped up all over the roads and there were bodies everywhere and people crying". "At that point, we just tried to figure out who needed help and got to work".

"I don't know that I've ever seen a crash with as much loss of life".

The investigation is ongoing.

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