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Driver charged after 7 motorcyclists killed in crash in U.S. New Hampshire

25 Jun 2019, 03:41 ( 3 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
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The driver of a pickup truck which hit and killed seven people on motorcycles in northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire was arrested on Monday and charged with seven counts of negligent homicide, the authorities said.

   Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, by the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, the New Hampshire attorney general's office said in a statement.

   "Mr. Zhukovskyy was taken into custody on a fugitive from justice charge," the statement said.

   Zhukovskyy spoke with WMUR-TV before his arrest, calling the crash a "big tragedy."

   "I'm trying to process this with my family," he said. "I'm feeling shocked. It happened so fast. I am cooperating with police. I feel mentally hurt."

   The man was driving a pickup towing a flatbed trailer when it collided with the victims on a two-lane highway in New Hampshire on Friday night. Three others were severely injured, according to New Hampshire state police.

   Five of the victims were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which comprises active and veteran Marines, and two were supporters. The riders were traveling from a charity event at a nearby American legion when they collided with Zhukovskyy's truck.