LANCASTER — Coos County Attorney John McCormick has filed a motion to push the negligent homicide and manslaughter trial for the driver in the Randolph fatal motorcycle accident out at least a year.
McCormick is asking Coos County Superior Court Judge Peter Bornstein to approve a scheduling order that calls for jury selection to take place in November 2020. He said the defense attorney for Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, Mass., opposes his motion although the defense has yet to file a response with the court. McCormack wrote that the state and defense have been unable to come to an agreement on scheduling deadlines in the case.
Zhukovskyy was originally charged with seven counts of negligent homicide in the accident that killed seven motorcyclists on Route 2. The motorcyclists were all members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, made up of current and retired Marines and their families. The case was scheduled for trial this month.
But last month, a Coos County grand jury returned 16 additional felony counts against Zhukovskyy including seven counts of negligent homicide-DUI and seven counts of manslaughter.
McCormick said he anticipates “an extensive number of substantive motions will be filed” requiring additional litigation and hearings. He said he also expects a number of expert witnesses, requiring additional pleadings and depositions.
Under the scheduling order proposed by McCormick, the deadline for a plea in the case would be Aug. 29 and jury selection would take place in November 2020.
The Boston Globe last week reported the insurance company for the trucking company involved in the fatal accident is asking a federal judge to divide up the $1 million policy among the victims and their families. Zhukovskyy was driving a pickup truck hauling a flatbed trailer west on Route 2 for when the truck crossed the center line into the motorcycles traveling east. The truck and trailer were owned by Westfield Transport and had a $1 million liability policy with Pilgrim Insurance Company. The Globe reported the suit lists 15 claims.