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Truck driver who took drugs the day of accident acquitted of killing seven motorcycles

A commercial truck driver who used drugs on the same day he was involved in a tragic New Hampshire accident that killed seven motorcyclists said Tuesday acquitted on all charges.

The driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy told the police when he caused the accident, but a jury found him guilty of manslaughter and manslaughter within three hours of his seven counts, respectively, and He pleaded not guilty to one count of reckless conduct.

Zhukovsky, 26, has been in prison since the June 21, 2019 crash.

The Massachusetts resident wailed and pointed to the sky as the verdict was read out as he left the Coos County courtroom.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. "The father of one of the victims was stunned by the ruling," New Hampshire Attorney General John Formera said in a statement.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Mass., reacts to the not-guilty verdict at Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, New Hampshire Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
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"Killed seven people and he got off. Incredible. ' said Albert Mazza, whose son Albert "Woody" Mazza Jr. died in the accident.

"It doesn't make much sense," added the touched father. "Seven dead. Seven of his family members affected. Strange that he got nothing." and said he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Zhukovsky's attorney also claimed he did not see Mazza when he lost control of his bike and slid in front of the track.

A judge previously dismissed eight charges against Zhukovski relating to whether he was disabled at the time of the crash.

The Ukrainian-born Zhukonsky's family thanked him for the "honest and fair trial."

"Our family extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends affected by this tragedy," he said, adding that he was "a very honest and kind person. He could hurt someone." I would never have done such a thing.”

According to Coos County Department of Corrections officials, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued Zhukovsky an immigration detainee after the crash and sentenced him to death. He said he was later executed.

He will be documented to appear before an immigration officer and he will remain in ICE custody pending a hearing, ICE said.

Due to a DUI arrest in Connecticut two months earlier, Zhukovsky's commercial driver's license was to be revoked in Massachusetts when the crash occurred.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy looks back at the gallery before closing statements started at his trial at Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
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but was not suspended due to backlog of cases .

The slain motorcyclist, a member of his Jarheads Motorcycles club, was from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts and ranged in age from 42 when he was 62. Corr, Michael Ferazzi, Desma Oakes, Daniel Pereira and Aaron Perry were traveling in large groups at the time of the crash.

Defense attorney Jay Duguay alleged that authorities ignored their own accident recovery unit, which ran counter to claims that Zhukovsky crossed oncoming traffic. He also noted discrepancies from witnesses. He pointed out that we were talking about "the most unimaginable turmoil, trauma, death and carnage."

He also claimed that Zhukovsky kept turning "until he killed a man."

With post wire