Not many people have heard the name Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, but for residents of Rudolph, New Hampshire, he is a villain they believe got off scot-free. Zhukovskyy was arrested after an incident in which he and a group of bikers collided on US Highway 2 in June 2019.
A group of seven motorcyclists were leaving a bar back on June 21, 2019 when group leader Al Mazza lost control of his motorcycle. It fell over, causing a chain reaction that caused others in the group to collide with Zhukovskyy’s truck.
The case was a rather complicated one, after tests from all involved showed a mix of drugs and alcohol involved. Mazza was found to have enough alcohol in him to be charged with driving while intoxicated. Zhukovskyy stated to investigators he had consumed multiple drugs, including heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.
So who’s fault was it?
So what was to come was three years of back and forth blaming each other about who was at fault. Judge Peter Bornstein ruled there was sufficient evidence to support the 15 charges of negligent homicide, manslaughter and reckless conduct, but not to support eight charges related to whether Zhukovskyy was intoxicated or operating under the influence of controlled substances.
One had to wonder what happened with the after-incident drug tests. After the prosecution brought a case of reckless driving, the jury only needed three hours to bring back the verdict of not guilty on all counts. The families of the fallen bikers left in tears as Zhukovskyy prayed and looked to the heavens.
Zhukovskyy detained by ICE after verdict
For Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, his time in front of the courts is not quite done yet. Zhukovskyy is being held in custody as a flight risk by authorities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed an immigration detainer for him after the crash.
Zhukovskyy, 26, a citizen of war-torn Ukraine, was taken into custody by ICE agents at the Grafton County Department of Corrections facility in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. He will remain in ICE custody until he appears before an immigration judge, officials said.
“Zhukovskyy has an extensive criminal history including three prior convictions of charges that included possession of cocaine and heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, furnishing false information to an officer and larceny,” John Mohan, public affairs officer and spokesperson for the New England Region of ICE, said in a press release.
Zhukovskyy also has an unresolved operating-under-the-influence case in Connecticut from May 11, 2019. That case is scheduled to be heard September 1 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Clarissa Hawes has been following the case against Zhukovskyy’s employer, Westfield Transport Inc. of West Springfield, Massachusetts, who faces federal charges of falsifying driving logs. You can read about that situation by following this link.