Motorcyclist: a truck smashed “like a bowling ball”
Another deceased cyclist was thrown from a bicycle and found in the woods, he said. One was sprawled on some bushes. Another was stuck under the trailer.
McEachern saw the truck was on fire. He hit the driver.
“He just jumped out of the truck, started yelling, ‘What did I do, what did I do? Mummy mummy! Oh my God, Oh my God! “” McEachern testified in Lancaster State Superior Court.
He said he tried to pull Zhukovsky away from the burning truck, but Zhukovsky drove back and forth to the vehicle to retrieve items.
McEachern said he asked Zhukovskyy what happened. “He mentioned he lost control of the trailer,” he said.
Zhukovskyy, 26, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless driving. He has been in jail since the accident.
Prosecutors said Zhukovskyy took drugs that day and drove recklessly. But his lawyers said he was not intoxicated at the time. They said Jarheads Motorcycle Club president Albert “Woody” Mazza, who led the motorcycle group, was drunk, lost control of his motorcycle, and made contact with Zhukovskyy’s truck first, causing the accident. Mazza is dead.
Two runners traveling closer to Mazza testified that part of the truck crossed the yellow line and then hit Mazza.
“His bike flew backwards,” said Valérie Ribeiro, who was a passenger on her husband’s motorcycle. “Like a toy flying through the air.
“Everything was on fire. There were motorcycle parts everywhere. It was as if a bomb had exploded,” she testified.
She said Wednesday that the truck’s “front quarter” was over the line. But defense attorney Steve Mirkin said Ribeiro did not mention this in his initial statement to police the day after the crash.
Another driver who was also traveling near Mazza testified that the truck’s left front tire was above the line, possibly up to a foot, before the truck hit Mazza’s motorcycle. However, Mirkin pointed out that the driver told police days after the crash that the tire was above the yellow line, “or even higher.”
Other bikers who were at the back of the group testified on Wednesday that they had seen Mazza drinking beer earlier in the day, but saw no signs that he was in a state of health. drunk.
The motorcyclists who died were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and were between the ages of 42 and 62. They were part of a larger group that had just left a motel along US Route 2 in Randolph.
Killed were Mazza, of Lee, New Hampshire; Edward and Jo-Ann Corr, a couple from Lakeville, Massachusetts; Michael Ferazzi, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, of Concord, New Hampshire; Daniel Pereira, of Riverside, Rhode Island; and Aaron Perry, of Farmington, New Hampshire.
Several motorcyclists were also injured.