In June 2019, New Hampshire was harrowed by news of a horrific
motorcycle accident that claimed the lives of seven motorcyclists. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy of
West Springfield, Massachusetts is said to have collided head-on with
a group of Jarheads Motorcycle Club riders after he strayed into oncoming
traffic, resulting in the fatal crash. According to Zhukovskyy’s
own statements, he was reaching for a drink in his
pickup truck when he inadvertently swerved into the motorcycles.
Now, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) investigators
are saying there is more to story. According to toxicology lab results,
Zhukovskyy was significantly impaired by an unspecified narcotic at the
time of the crash. Other reports also stated the vehicle itself was experiencing
a number of defects.
Investigators are also saying Zhukovskyy has a history of dangerous driving
habits. In particular, he had been arrested for drunk driving just about
one month before the deadly multivehicle accident in June. The 23-year-old’s
driving record does not stop there, though. He also reportedly has had
drunk or reckless driving arrests or incidents in Massachusetts, Connecticut,
and Texas, where he crashed a tractor trailer.
Furthermore, Westfield Transport Inc., the company employing Zhukovskyy
and for whom he was driving the day of the fatal accident, has been cited
for federal violations in just two years. Most of its violations regard
vehicles unfit for carrier service, but seven cite the unsafe driving
of its employees. Another two citations from about a year ago note that
company drivers were impaired by narcotics while behind the wheel. The
company has apparently shuttered after the fatal motorcycle collision.
For more information about this developing story, you can click here
to view a full article from the New York Post. To learn about filing a catastrophic injury
or wrongful death claim
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P.A. Our law firm has offices all throughout New England, including Concord,
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