Earlier today, Judge Peter Bornstein denied a motion for a new bail hearing for Volodymyr Zhukovskyy. the Ukrainian who mowed down and killed seven motorcycle rides associated with the JarHeads Motorcycle Club on June 21, 2019 in Randolph, New Hampshire.
The dead are Jo-Ann and Edward Corr; Michael Ferazzi; Albert Mazza; Daniel Pereira; Desma Oakes; and Aaron Perry.
In his motion for “an evidentiary hearing on the continuing need for preventative detention and his (r Zhukovskyy’s) elease on conditions of bail” defense lawyer Jay Duguay, argued that his client is a nice young man who doesn’t pose a flight risk. Zhukovskyy has been incarcerated at the Coos County House of Corrections.
In his motion filed last month, Duguay argued that the crash was actually caused by one of the victims, Jarheads Motorcycle Club president Albert Mazza Jr., actually caused the accident. Duguay implied that the crash would not have happened if Manza has not been on the center line of the rural road when the crash occurred. Mazza was legally drunk when he died.
In his countermotion arguing against the hearing, Coos County Attorney John G. McCormick wrote:
“The defendant has a history of drug use and driving while impaired. On June 21,2019, he was using illegal street drugs while driving a large commercially operated vehicle, with an attached trailer, in Randolph, New Hampshire.! The defendant was involved in a collision that left numerous motorcyclists dead and injured. After the crash, the defendant consented to have a sample of his blood drawn for chemical testing. The test revealed that the defendant’s blood contained 6.7 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of fentanyl, 21 ng/mlofmorphine2 and over 1000 ng/ml of benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine). The defendant told police that the morning of the fatal crash he had consumed two ‘superman’ branded baggies of heroin and a half of a gram of cocaine. The defendant told police that he combines the heroin and cocaine when he uses them. The defendant also admitted to the authorities that he could still feel the effects of the cocaine at the time he left a car dealership in Gorham, New Hampshire about a half-hour before the crash occurred, and further stated he could feel the effects of the cocaine at the time the fatal crash occurred.
“During the half-hour before the crash, multiple witnesses observed the defendant driving in a manner consistent with impairment. The witnesses observed the defendant weave his truck and trailer within his lane, and cross the double-yellow line on several occasions. Moreover, the defendant admitted in a later interview with police that at the time of the collision he diverted his attention from the road and oncoming traffic, and was attempting to retrieve an object from the center console of his truck, when he drove left of the double-yellow line, and into the oncoming motorcyclists.”
“The defendant’s drug use was not an isolated event. He admitted that he would take drugs each day before beginning his work as a commercial truck driver, sometimes stopping by his home during the day to consume more drugs before driving again. Additionally, the defendant admitted that after the fatal crash on June 21,2019, and prior to his arrest on June 24, 2019, he returned to his home in West Springfield, where he continued what he believed to be heroin.”
Zhukovskyy has a trial date in August.