Arrest In Jarheads Crash

June 24, 2019

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Arrest In Jarheads Crash

A 23-year-old commercial driver named Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, who was driving the pickup truck that killed five members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club and two women last Friday in Randolph, New Hampshire, was arrested this morning at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts on a fugitive from justice warrant.

According to a statement released by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald: “Mr. Zhukovskyy was the driver of the truck involved in the fatal accident on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Randolph, New Hampshire. Mr. Zhukovskyy was taken into custody on a fugitive from justice charge. That charge is based on an arrest warrant that had been issued on June 24, 2019, charging him with seven counts of negligent homicide.”

Zhukovskyy’s initial appearance in Springfield District Court was today. During his arrest today, Massachusetts State Police “located in the defendant’s residence wax packets containing a residue suspected of being heroin,” The suspected heroin residue has not yet been tested.

The Casualties

While driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 and towing a trailer last Friday, Zhukovskyy collided with a pack of eight motorcycles near the Inn At Bowman on Interstate Route 2. Seven people were killed. Five of them were members of the Jarheads. They were Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza, 49, of Lee, New Hampshire, Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island; Edward Corr, 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts; and Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire.

Joanne Corr, 58 who was riding two-up with Edward Corr and Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, New Hampshire who was riding two-up with Perry were also killed.

Three Jarheads were injured. The most seriously injured was Joshua Morin, 45, of Dalton, Massachusetts who remains in the Maine Medical Center. Steven Lewis, 58, of Brimfield, Massachuetts and a tenth person who has asked not to be identified were treated and released from a New Hampshire hospital.

The accident has shaken both the Jarheads and the general public in New England. Mazza was the Jarheads’ national president.

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A GoFundMe established on behalf of the victims stated, “Our club and the families are going to need help and we cannot do it alone…. Jarheads MC has always been about helping veterans and their families. We are strong enough to get through this, but we ask for and need your support.”

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu had ordered flags on public buildings in the state be flown at half staff through sunset tonight. In a written statement he said, “Friday’s tragedy has struck our state and our citizens in a profound way. I want to express our sincerest condolences and prayers to the victims and their families. Words cannot express the grief we all share in the loss of these seven individuals. The state will ensure that the families affected will have the necessary resources to provide closure to this tragic event.”

Zhukovskyy was previously arrested for drunk driving in Westfield, Massachusetts in 2013 and had his license suspended for 210 days. He was also charged in accidents in 2012 and 2013, an equipment violation in 2013 and a moving violation in February of this year.

He was a new driver for Westfield Transportation in Springfield. It is unclear if he was on the job when the fatal collision occurred.

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12 Responses to “Arrest In Jarheads Crash”

  1. rollinnorth Says:

    More about the employer:

    “A man who answered the telephone at Zhukovskyy’s employer, Westfield Transport Inc., said Zhukovskyy had just started as a driver and was on his second trip for the company. He only identified himself as ‘Damien’ and did not speak long, but said he was disgusted with Zhukovskyy.

    ‘These people died and this piece of sh — was at home doing drugs,’ Damien said.

    Zhukovskyy ‘came out of nowhere’ to apply for the job, he said.

    He called the event tragic, expressed his condolences to families of the victims and spoke briefly about the company’s safety record. But eventually he cut short the conversation and said he had to speak to police.

    According to data available through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Westfield Transport had drivers placed out of service at a rate of 20.8 percent, compared to a national rate of 5.5 percent. The FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System does not name drivers in its listing of company safety records.

    The Safety Measurement System said that narcotics or amphetamines were found on drivers during two inspections. Details about the possession were not available on the website, and the report gives no indication that the drivers were intoxicated.

    And substance use was not related to any accidents or critical safety violations, the SMS said.

    Damien said the drugs violation involved marijuana possession. Even though marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, he fired the driver, he said.

    He cut short the conversation when a reporter asked about additional information on the company.

    According to the SMS, Westfield Transportation experienced 11 violations in the category of driver fitness from Feb. 14 to April 23. They include not having a commercial drivers license, not having a proper medical certificate, driving with a suspended license and insufficient knowledge of English.

    The company’s vehicle safety record was slightly better than the national average, 16.7 vs. 20.7, the SMS reported.”

    https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/suspected-heroin-found-at-home-of-driver-arrested-for-motorcycle/article_61940ee2-7b77-54f5-ad8c-8bff450afc3a.html

    Respect.

  2. Trebor Says:

    Thats the thing about a club riding in a pack.When things are good and you’re at 80-85 an hour two feet off each others wheel the shit looks and feels exhilerating good and tight and is a sight to see.Just doesnt leave any time for reaction.Especially on curvy narrow roads.

  3. Igo Says:

    I live in MA (the state that will yank your license for the slightest offense like child support arrears, taxes owed, etc. They just removed the law that pulled your license for being busted for drugs. The reason??? Because they said it was BAD for the junkies, because it would inhibit their ability to get jobs/rehab, etc. SO, now we have all these smacked-out people driving here. One local dealer/user was still driving with a legal license being on probation, with another heroin charge pending when he almost killed a carload kids and a young mother by running them off the road high, and returning from a drug run. These are the kinds of people that populate our roads here. If that kid was on anything, the charges should be upgraded to murder.

  4. SB Apollo Says:

    I’m just flat out disgusted. There are just way too many ahitheads in this country. We need to start spaying and neutering them to stop them from breeding. ENOUGH!

  5. Neuro Says:

    Mark, there were two previous , similar stories involving Brother Speed and Gypsy Joker MC’s, the latter being the more recent.

  6. Woodstock Says:

    He got a second DUI a month ago. Also busted with drugs and paraphernalia multiple times.

  7. Woodstock Says:

    He had gotten another DUI a month before this happened. Was also allegedly fond of coke and heroin.Had the beginnings of a fair crimminal record as well. Sounds like the kid was a train wreck that should not have ever been hired to drive anything.

  8. Good Dog Says:

    Uh…
    If you do the math, that means he got that drunk driving when he was about 17 years old, and only got a 210 day suspension?

    (I’m guessing some kind of ‘Youth’/ first-time Offender sentence shortening a probation, and avoiding jail time.)

    The real WTF is the commercial company that employed him, with the DWI probably still on his record?!

  9. Va. Bob Says:

    [email protected] Nepotism might be involved; the company is owned by a Russian. His DUI was 6 years ago;it doesn’t keep him from getting a CDL.

  10. rocco151 Says:

    Condolences and prayers to the families of the Jarheads MC and their co-riders who were killed and prayers for speedy recoveries to the injured in this tragedy…these men and women deserved better !

  11. popeye Says:

    A drunk driving and 2 accidents and he was hired as a driver???

  12. Mark Says:

    This is one of the worst things I have read on Rebel’s site. What a tragic mess that will scar people’s hearts and minds to their last breath on this earth.

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