Volodymyr Zhukovskyy record—The driver accused in an accident that killed seven motorcyclists is a Ukrainian citizen who faces deportation, the authorities been revealed.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, pleaded not guilty yesterday to seven counts of manslaughter in last week’s accident in Randolph, New Hampshire.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service has filed an immigration detention order with the Coos County Sheriff seeking a possible deportation procedure for Zhukovskyy if released from detention.
Zhukovskyy’s father, who has the same name, told the Boston Herald that his son is a Ukrainian and has permanent resident status in the US. A judge said that his driving record represents a potential danger to the public and to himself.
Connecticut prosecutors say Zhukovskyy was arrested on May 11 at a Walmart parking lot in East Windsor after failing a sobriety test. Zhukovskyy’s lawyer in that case, John O’Brien, said he denies having been intoxicated and will face prosecution.
Zhukovskyy was behind the wheel of a truck that crashed into a group of motorcyclists from a group of Navy veterans around 6:30 p.m. on Friday June 21st in Randolph, N.H.
The seven dead have been identified as Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58; Michael Ferazzi, 62; Daniel Pereira, 58; Desma Oakes, 42; Aaron Perry, 45, and Albert Mazza, 59.
Three other motorcyclists were injured in the accident.
“It was a great tragedy,” Zhukovskyy told WMUR before his arrest on Monday. “I’m trying to process this with my family, I feel in shock, it happened so fast, I’m cooperating with the police, I feel mentally hurt.”
Massachusetts state police said officers also found “wax packs” that they believe are heroin, officials said. Zhukovskyy has not been charged with any drug-related crime, but could be if the lab results are positive.