Jury selection in the trial of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the pickup driver accused of killing seven motorcyclists in a collision in New Hampshire, has been delayed while lawyers com up with a new trial schedule.
Zhukovskyy last month pleaded not guilty to 24 charges including seven counts of negligent homicide-driving under the influence for the June crash in which Zhukovskyy’s pickup truck and flatbed trailer struck members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club June 21 crash on Route 2 in Randolph, N.H.
A previous filing with the Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H., listed Nov. 8 as a date for jury selection, but a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire courts said Thursday the jury selection is off and the court is waiting for prosecutors and Zhukovskyy’s lawyers to submit a new trial schedule by Nov. 15.
Coos County Attorney John McCormick confirmed the new deadline but declined to comment further on the case.
Jay Duguay, Zhukovskyy’s public defender, did not return calls for comment.
Zhukovskyy, 23, of Springfield, waived his video arraignment and bail hearing from the Coos County House of Corrections scheduled for this past Monday and agreed to continue to be held without bail, as he has since his arrest.
An affidavit, federal crash report and lawsuit by the wife of a victim allege Zhukovskyy’s truck crossed the center line of the road when it struck the Jarheads leaving the Mount Jefferson View Motel in Randolph, N.H. Zhukovskyy, whose past includes drug and traffic charges, is also alleged to have been high on drugs at the time of the crash.
The incident has sparked an investigation by the attorney general’s office into Westfield Transport, the trucking company with a checkered past who employed Zhukovskyy and which was voluntarily shut down in July.
Shoddy record keeping at the Registry of Motor Vehicles was also revealed following the accident, as the agency admitted it failed to suspend Zhukovskyy’s license following a drunk driving incident in Connecticut. The head of the RMV resigned in June, and a half-million dollar-plus investigation was initiated.
The next court appearance for Zhukovskyy has not been set. If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 378 years in prison.
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