RANDOLPH — The truck driver in Friday’s horrific accident is being charged with seven counts of negligent homicide. In addition, TV station WWLP in Springfield, Mass., is reporting that police found wax packets containing what appeared to be heroin at his home in West Springfield on Monday morning when he was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge.
New Hampshire officials announced that Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested at his home by the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit based on an arrest warrant issued by New Hampshire authorities charging him with seven counts of negligent homicide.
Zhukovskyy was taken into custody on the fugitive charge.
An arraignment has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Coos County Superior Court at 55 School St. in Lancaster. Zhukovsky will attend the proceeding by video conference.
Last Friday, he was driving the 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck hauling an empty flatbed trailer west on Route 2 that collided with a group of motorcycles traveling east at approximately 6:30 p.m.
TV 22 WWLP reported that Massachusetts State Police Spokesman David Procopio told the station the substance in the packets will be tested and if found to be a narcotic, Zhukovskyy will be charged with a drug offense.
The Associated Press is reporting that Zhukovskyy had been arrested on a drunk-driving charge in 2013, placed on probation for a year and had his license suspended for 210 days.
The TV station said the owner of Westfield Transport in Springfield, Mass., said Zhukovskyy was a new driver and the trip to New Hampshire was only his second with the company.
Seven motorcyclists were killed as a result of the accident and three were injured. Most were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is made up of active or retired Marines.
Zhukovskyy’s Facebook page indicates he is single and is originally from Ukraine. He was not injured in the accident, and his father told the Boston Globe his son was cooperating with the investigation.