New Hampshire judge sets deadlines for July trial of truck driver charged in motorcyclist deaths – Sentinel and Enterprise

Lawyers in the case against Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the pickup truck driver accused of causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in a June 2019 crash in New Hampshire, squabbled on Tuesday over timing issues as a date for Proposed trial looms this summer.

Zhukovskyy, 26, of West Springfield, is charged with seven counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of five motorcycle drivers and two of their passengers on Highway 2 in Randolph, NH on June 21, 2019.

All of the dead were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a club made up of Navy veterans and their spouses. Joshua Morin, 48, of Dalton, one of at least two others injured in the crash, is currently suing the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles for failing to suspend Zhukovskyy’s driver’s license.

Zhukovskyy’s trial is still scheduled for a late July start date after Tuesday’s hearing where attorneys pleaded for extended filing deadlines.

Defense attorney Jay Duguay said they needed more time to prepare their expert witness’ accident report and cited “uncooperative” weather as a factor hampering the production of their report, adding “There is a lot of work to do” and that his team is under pressure. delay in relation to prosecutors.

Prosecutor Scott Chase countered that the defense had only submitted the name of its expert that morning and had not yet submitted expert evidence, which he said the prosecution needed time to answer and verify. He said the compressed schedule was because the defense had hired a poorly vetted expert earlier who wasted time.

Zhuhkovskyy reportedly told police after the crash that he bent down to retrieve something from the floor of his black 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck when it veered into the oncoming lane of the dual carriageway , according to a police affidavit. Witnesses told cops he had crossed the oncoming lane at least twice before the crash and was driving “erratically”.

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