It is now undeniable that that the tragic collision last Friday in Randolph, New Hampshire between a pack of Jarhead Motorcycle Club members and their supporters, and a deranged, possibly homicidal Ukrainian national named Volodymyr Zhukovskyy who was driving a big truck towing a big trailer, was preventable.
The Boston Herald reported last night and this morning that Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was involved in two previously unreported, red flag incidents in Baytown, Texas, near Houston, this year.
About 2 a.m. on February 1, Baytown police were called to a Denny’s restaurant where, according to Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris, they found Zhukovskyy sitting at a counter “talking to himself and acting strange.” Police searched him and found a crack pipe. They charged Zhukovskyy with possession of drug paraphernalia and apparently released him. Dorris told television station KHOU that Zhukovskyy apparently “has a truck route that includes Baytown.”
Flipped Car Carrier
On June 3, 18 days before the New Hampshire crash, Zhukovsky, in a possible rehearsal, flipped an 18-wheel car transport in the 1800 block of Interstate 10 westbound near Thompson Road in Baytown. According to both the Herald and the Baytown Sun, Zhukovsky said a car cut him off. He swerved to avoid an accident and over corrected. No one was injured. Zhukovsky was not charged. The car that allegedly cut him off was never found.
Zhukovskyy has a history of serious traffic violations and other, minor, criminal behavior that dates to 2013
On May 11 in Connecticut, less than a month before the Baytown rollover, Zhukovskyy was observed to be “revving his truck engine and jumping around outside the vehicle.” He flunked a field sobriety test. According to the police incident report, he made “suicidal comments” and exhibited “extreme behavior.” He was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and released on $2500 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned in that case today.
Witnesses said that Zhukovskyy also behaved erratically and manically in the aftermath of last Friday’s crash. Witnesses and official statements have also described Zhukovskyy of operating his pickup truck in a way that suggests he was deliberately trying to flip the truck and the attached trailer. A replay of the incident in Baytown earlier this month.
In response to the New Hampshire bloodbath, Erin Deveny, who was in charge of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, resigned. She acknowledged that Zhukovskyy’s commercial drivers license should have been suspended following the May drunk driving charge.
Her successor wil be Jamey Tesler. He is a former Massachusetts Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer. He said he will review of the registry’s state-to-state data-sharing processes.
Neither Deveny nor Tessler have indicated they are aware of the two incidents in Texas.
The breaking news of the Baytown rollover and drug arrest indicate that spokesman for the company that employed Zhukovskyy as a commercial driver, a company called Westfield Transport Incorporated, have been lying their pants off. A spokesman had previously declared that last Friday was only Zhukovskyy’s third day on the job.
Meanwhile, now that Zhukovskyy appears to face decades in prison, now that he has ruined the lives he has ruined, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have placed a detainment on Zhukovskyy. That means that if ever emerges from prison, he may be deported to the Ukraine.