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Rather than revive the old thread on this I figured I would start a new one with updates.

If you haven't heard of this story back in June of 2019 a truck and trailer driven by Volodymyr Zhukovskyy crossed the centerline of Rt. 2 in Randolph, NH killing 7 of 8 members of Jarheads MC of MA that had just left their lodging and were headed to an adjacent town for a charity event. The club now refers to them as the Jarheads Fallen Seven.

Zhukovskyy, a permanent resident of the US but still a Ukrainian national, was charged with 7 counts of manslaughter, 7 counts of negligent homicide, one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless conduct. If convicted he faces more than 100 years' jail time and possibly more if NH invokes a law that adds time for someone involved in a fatal accident with prior DUI convictions.

He also admitted to using cocaine and Fentanyl just prior to the crash and did not realize he hit anyone. His lawyer is trying to get this thrown out and is alleging that one of the motorcyclists was drunk and actually caused the accident. Zhukovskyy has plead not guilty and is still in jail as he was deemed a danger to society and is considered a flight risk.

Jarheads MC raised over half a million dollars for the families of the fallen through go fund me and recently erected a granite and steel monument on the property of the Mt. Jefferson view Motel and Cabins just down the road from the actual site. It faces east in the direction they were riding and has a set of wings for each member that died that day.

Here is a link to the state of NH case information page for anyone interested. https://www.courts.state.nh.us/caseinfo/pdf/Zhukovskyy/index.htm

The jury trial is scheduled to start in late November 2021. I keep following this because it happened in my hometown. Many of my neighbors that still live there were traumatized.
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Very nice tribute.
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Thanks for the update, I had wondered about that and hope the man is found at fault and goes behind bars for a very long time and looses his legal residency. Yes, I am mean.
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I remembered the story from when it happened. Such a tragic and senseless loss. I don't know what good 100 years of jail time on the taxpayer's dime does, but the SOB certainly can't be allowed to run free.
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Thank you for the update. My wife actually asked me about this case last month. Please follow this up when it plays out in court.
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I will be following it and will update when I hear something.
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Also a cautionary tale about riding in groups?
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Yep, but you never know what to avoid, because anything on the road could kill you, from an intoxicated Ukrainian and up to a small piece of gravel or even a bumblebee hit to your eye and caused you to hit a pothole, etc, etc...

Probably the danger of group ride is exaggerated, but can't say that about intoxicated persons.
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waspmike wrote:
Also a cautionary tale about riding in groups?
Not in this case, no.

Homeboy pulled out onto the road in a big truck with a long ass trailer and just wiped people out. iirc, it was something in the 20's injured and 7 dead.

There are so many factors to this, but riding in groups is not one of them.
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I was thinking riding in a group or formation as we see in movies rather than say 30 to 50m apart ( exact distance based on speed) alternating to the left and right of the lane. The former being closely grouped and the latter being well spread out.
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Very sad event.

There is no defensive driving advise here. This would have killed anyone of us.
Simply, this guy was intoxicated.

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stickyfrog wrote:
His lawyer is trying to get this thrown out and is alleging that one of the motorcyclists was drunk and actually caused the accident.
It's always amazing what defense attorneys will grab onto to obfuscate the case.

As to the group riding discussion, yes, anything can happen at any time...groups put more people at risk from one event, but that's pretty obvious. Spacing is somewhat helpful though....coming back from a long ride we wound up on an 8 lane for a bit and this club came up on our left, 70 mph, a dozen or two about 6 feet apart and tailgating a trailer. Easily could have been a huge mess that could at least have partially been avoided. But they were REALLY loud, so I suppose that counts.

Anyway, hope justice is done. Sad time.
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