Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, Truck Driver that Struck Marines Arrested- 7 Cts Negligent Homicide
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is the truck driver who slammed into 10 motorcycles of the Jarheads MC Club on Friday, killing 7 of the riders. An arrest warrant was issued on Monday, and the suspect was arrested at his home in Massachusetts on a standard Fugitive Warrant. He is being returned to New Hampshire for arraignment on seven counts of Negligent Homicide.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is a “new driver, and had only driven one previous time for the company Westfield Transport. But he has a criminal record, and Ukrainian immigrant or not, he appears to have some serious issues…alcohol being one of them.
State Police Spokesperson, David Procopio, told 22News troopers also found wax packets containing a substance suspected to be heroin at Zhukovskyy’s residence. Procopio said the substance will be tested at the state police lab, and if positive for an illegal narcotic Zhukovskyy will be charged with a drug offense.
According to court documents, Zhukovskyy was arrested on May 11 for driving under the influence in East Windsor, Connecticut. The documents state that he was released on a $2,500 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.
Court documents also show he pleaded guilty to sixth-degree larceny in 2018 after he was arrested in 2017. According to the Journal Inquirer, Zhukovskyy was arrested after Enfield police determined he was involved in a burglary at a Home Depot warehouse in 2014.
The Associated Press reported he was also arrested on a drunken driving charge in 2013. AP said Massachusetts RVM records show Zhukovskyy was placed on probation for one year and had his license suspended for 210 days in 2014 in connection with the arrest.
Negligent homicide is usually a class B Felony in New Hampshire, but becomes a Class A Felony if the driver was under the influence of any intoxicating substance.
Since he is from Massachusetts, any drug charge would have to be done there. There are many posts on his Facebook page that show him in possession of alcohol, one of them while driving. How many those posts can be used in court against him is a toss up.
It is still of interest to know how he escaped from the truck, which was clearly on fire after the accident, without any need for hospitalization.
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