Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, a 23-year-old man who has a history of drunk driving, was arrested 8:00 am Monday morning for running down a group of motorcyclists Friday evening, leaving 7 dead and 3 more injured. He was originally interviewed at the scene by law enforcement before being released briefly to return home.
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Zhukovskyy was arrested by Massachusetts State Police at his home and charged with seven counts of negligent homicide. Over the weekend, Zhukovskyy spoke with reporters where he described his mental state since the accident.
“I’m trying to process this with my family. I’m feeling shocked. It happened so fast. I am cooperating with police. I feel mentally hurt.”
It has been reported that Zhukovskyy had a history of drinking and driving. On May 11th, Connecticut police arrested Zhukovskyy after he failed a field sobriety test. Then, in 2013, he was arrested for drunk driving and had his license suspended for 200 days, ABC 12 reported.
Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what caused the accident. Officers who arrested the 23-year-old found wax packets in his home, which they speculated held heroin residue, Breitbart reported.
It’s unclear if drugs played a part in him veering into the oncoming lane on Route 2, resulting in a fiery crash and bodies spewed across the roadway.
Zhukovskyy’s brother-in-law also spoke to the media where he indicated that Volodoymyrhe had not left his room or eaten in days. The group of motorcyclists killed and injured by Zhukovskyy were part of the Marine JarHeads MC, a motorcycle club for Marines and their spouses.
Manny Ribeiro, the president for Marine JarHeads, explained that the group had just finished dinner and was headed to a fundraiser when the accident happened.
“It was just an explosion … with parts and Al and everything flying through the air,” he said. “He turned hard left into us and took out pretty much everyone behind me. The truck and trailer stayed attached and that is why it was so devastating … because the trailer was attached and it was such a big trailer, it was like a whip. It just cleaned us out.”
Authorities released the names of the deceased as Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Mazza, 59, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island; and Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts.
A GoFundMe page was created to help with funeral and medical cost.