The truck driver is on trial in the accident that killed 7 motorcyclists.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A commercial truck driver has been charged with Seven members died in 2019 A marine motorcycle club will open Tuesday, three years after a crash in northern New Hampshire.

Jurors visited the crash site Monday and traced Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s route from an auto dealership in Gorham along U.S. Route 2 to the crash site in Randolph, 10 miles away. Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the case, which continues in state Superior Court in Lancaster.

The motorcyclists who died on June 21, 2019, were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and were between the ages of 42 and 62. They were part of a large group that had just left a motel along the highway and headed for an American Legion. Post in Gorham for annual meeting.

They were traveling eastbound when they collided with a westbound truck, which was pulling an empty flatbed trailer.

Killed were Edward and Jo Ann Core, a couple from Lakeville, Massachusetts. Michael Ferrazzi, of Contocuk, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, of Farmington, New Hampshire; and Daniel Pereira, of Riverside, Rhode Island.

Apart from the casualties, many bikers were injured.

Zukowski, 26, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless operation. He has been in jail ever since.

Federal investigators said Zukowski, who was returning from delivering vehicles for a Massachusetts transportation company, was a regular drug user.

Zukowski himself told police that he had used both heroin and cocaine that morning, but later that evening he was “fine and fine driving by himself,” authorities said.

His lawyers have argued that an independent analysis showed that one of the dead motorcyclists was drunk and was the one who hit the truck and caused the accident. Federal investigators found that some of the bikers and passengers were impaired by alcohol, but that was not a factor in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board approved a report in December 2020 that concluded that Zhukovskyy’s medication impairment was a “probable cause” of his crossing the center line on the highway and causing the fiery crash. “was

Prosecutors said Zukowski should never have been on the street in the first place. He said his commercial driver’s license should have been revoked in Massachusetts because of a drunken driving arrest in Connecticut about two months ago.

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