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Truck driver suspended from New Hampshire roads after accident with seven fatalities

Truck driver suspended from New Hampshire roads after accident with seven fatalities

CONCORD, NH – A truck driver involved in a 2019 crash that killed seven motorcyclists will be banned from driving in New Hampshire for at least two more years.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s driving license was revoked for seven years, the maximum period of suspension under current state law. This punishment was imposed retroactively to June 24, 2019, meaning the suspension will last for another two years.

Zhukovskyy, a truck driver from Ukraine, was trying to get his license reinstated in New Hampshire. He initiated administrative proceedings after sending an email to the NH Department of Safety last September. In May, he spoke publicly for the first time about his role in the crash involving motorcyclists from the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a charitable group for Marine veterans.

“The truth is that I did not cause this whole accident,” Zhukovskyy said in May. “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

He was acquitted of manslaughter by a jury in 2022 after prosecutors alleged he was under the influence of drugs and caused the accident.

After the suspension period expires, Zhukovskyy can regain his license by requesting a hearing. The next of kin of the victims killed in the accident will be notified and given the opportunity to speak at the hearing.

He must also complete a six-hour “driver behavior course,” pay a $100 reinstatement fee to the Director of Motor Vehicles and undergo an evaluation by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, according to the decision issued Wednesday by Ryan N. McFarland of the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Bureau of Hearings.

Zhukovsky has 30 days to appeal the decision.


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