A Ukrainian refugee with previous DUI convictions has been acquitted by a New Hampshire jury of all negligent homicide charges in the deaths of five US Marine Corps veterans and two of their relatives .
Following the June 2019 fatal accident, 26-year-old Ukrainian refugee Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was charged with seven counts of negligent homicide for allegedly killing five United States Marine Corps veterans and two of their loved ones when his trailer, hitched to his van, hit the bikers.
The seven Americans rode motorcycles together as members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a group of United States Marine Corps veterans, their spouses and loved ones. Those killed in the accident are:
- Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire
- Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee, New Hampshire
- Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island
- Jo-Ann Corr, 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts
- Edward Corr, 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts
- Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, New Hampshire
- Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire
This week, Zhukovskyy was acquitted of all charges related to the accident:
During his trial, the prosecution argued that Zhukovskyy took heroin, fentanyl and cocaine before riding back and forth and crashing into the motorcyclists. But a judge dismissed eight counts related to whether he was drunk, and his lawyer had blamed the lead rider, Albert “Woody” Mazza, saying he had lost control of his motorcycle and collided with the truck while driving under the influence. [Emphasis added]
Zhukovskyy’s commercial driver’s license should have been revoked in Massachusetts at the time of the accident due to a drunk driving arrest in Connecticut about two months earlier. [Emphasis added]
Connecticut officials alerted the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, but Zhukovskyy’s license was not suspended due to backlog out-of-state notifications regarding traffic violations. [Emphasis added]
Zhukovskyy was taken into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and an official with the agency detailed his extensive criminal record before the fatal accident.
“Zhukovskyy has an extensive criminal history, including three prior convictions for possession of cocaine and heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, providing false information to an officer, and theft,” the official said. the ECI.
At the time of the crash, a law enforcement official confirmed to Breitbart News that Zhukovskyy originally entered the United States on September 18, 2006 as a Ukrainian refugee. He was then able to adjust his refugee status in 2008 and obtain a green card.