Pre-conference hearing held on Zhukovskyy’s license

Zhukovskyy

Zhukovskyy

By BARBARA TETREAULT

The Berlin Sun

Published: 02-29-2024 3:06 PM

CONCORD — A pre-conference hearing was held Tuesday on Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s request to get his New Hampshire driving privileges restored, but no date has been set for for his actual hearing.

The truck driver in the 2019 crash that took the lives of seven members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, Zhukovskyy filed a request with the N.H. Department of Safety last September to lift the suspension of his driving license.

A Coos County jury in August 2022 found Zhukovskyy, now 27, not guilty of all criminal charges in connection with the crash in Randolph.

N.H. Department of Safety Public Information Officer Tyler Dumont said Tuesday’s hearing addressed discovery issues in the case. Zhukovskyy had earlier filed a motion requesting all police and state expert reports as well as toxicology reports on himself and all people killed in crash.

Dumont said Hearing Officer Christopher Casko will be issuing an order on the discovery requests. While no date for the hearing has been scheduled, Dumont said the order may address that.

Zhukovskyy did not attend the pre-conference hearing, and Dumont noted he was not required to do so.

Days after the June 19, 2019, crash, the Department of Safety suspended Zhukovskyy’s license based on a request from State Police.

Zhukovskyy had admitted having taken a mixture of heroin, cocain, and fentanyl at 8 a.m. on the day of the fatal crash. But he said he did not feel impaired at the time of the crash that night and test results showed only trace amounts of drugs in his system.

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Defense witnesses said the crash was caused when Albert Mazza, lead motorcyclist for the Jar Heads crossed the center line.

Autopsy results showed Mazza had a blood alcohol level of .135, well above the legal limit.

Last September, Zhukovskyy wrote the Department of Safety, saying, “I would like to request a hearing to get my license back.” The hearing was originally scheduled for last October but the date was changed several times.

The Boston Globe has reported that Zhukovskyy faces an April trial in Connecticut on a driving under the influence charge in that state back in May 2019. Zhukovskyy is also awaiting deportation to his native country Ukraine. But deportations to that country have been suspended because of the armed conflict there with Russia, which ICE officials say prevents them from safely returning individuals to the country.

Zhukovskyy was released from custody under an order of supervision issued last April. Under such orders, immigrants are allowed to live and work in the United States provided they meet regularly with ICE representatives and agree to follow a specific set of conditions

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