Deputy Attorney General releases names of seven bikers killed in Randolph crash 

  • This photo provided by Miranda Thompson shows the scene where several motorcycles and a pickup truck collided on a rural, two-lane highway Friday, June 21, 2019 in Randolph, N.H. New Hampshire State Police said a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on U.S. 2 Friday evening. The cause of the deadly collision is not yet known. The pickup truck was on fire when emergency crews arrived. (Miranda Thompson via AP) Miranda Thompson—AP

  • Michael Ferazzi Age 62 Contoocook, NH —Courtesy

  • Albert Mazza Age 49 Lee, NH —Courtesy

  • Daniel Pereira Age 58 Riverside, RI —Courtesy

  • Joanne and Edward Corr Both Age 58 Lakeville, Mass. —Courtesy

  • Desma Oakes Age 42 Concord, NH —Courtesy

  • Aaron Perry Age 45 Farmington, NH —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 6/23/2019 3:45:06 PM

A 42-year-old woman from Concord and a 62-year-old man from Contoocook were among the seven motorcyclists killed in a collision with a pickup truck hauling a trailer in Randolph on Friday.

Desma Oakes of Concord was a supporter of the biker group Marine JarHeads Motorcycle Club, Deputy Attorney General Jane Young said in a press conference at the state Incident Planning and Operations Center on Sunday. Michael Ferazzi of Contoocook was a member of the group, Young said.

Other New Hampshire bikers killed in the collision were identified as Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee and Aaron Perry, 45 of Farmington. Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, R.I. and a couple, Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Mass. were also killed. Young said the Corrs were riding on the same motorcycle at the time of the crash.

Young said each of the bikers, all members or supporters of the JarHeads Motorcycle Club, a group of Marines and their spouses, died as a result of blunt trauma. She said autopsies on all of the victims were completed by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Saturday night.

Two additional bikers were injured during the crash: Joshua Morin, 45 of Dalton, Mass., who is in stable condition at Maine Medical Center, and Steven Lewis, 58 of Brimfield, Mass., who has since been released from an area hospital, Young said.

Law enforcement are still investigating the circumstances that led to the crash.

Authorities have identified the pickup driver as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, an employee of a Springfield, Mass., company called Westfield Transport. Young would not say whether any charges have been filed against Zhukovskyy or whether he was injured in the crash. He did survive the crash, law enforcement said Friday.

“That is all the information that we can provide at this time,” Young said Sunday. “The investigation remains active and ongoing.”

Zhukovskyy’s 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer of the kind used to haul cars collided with the bikers around 6:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 2, a two-lane highway in Randolph, police said. Randolph is about a two-hour drive north of Concord, and a three-hour drive from Boston.

Young said State Police, local and federal authorities responded to the scene on Friday. Authorities were still at the scene of the crash Sunday afternoon.

“They have worked through both nights and will continue to work through the hours and days to come,” she said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also among the agencies investigating. Authorities said they are asking for the public’s help in the form of videos, photos or other information about the accident or the vehicles involved.

“This is one of the worst tragic incidents that we have investigated here in the state,” New Hampshire State Police Col. Chris Wagner said at a Saturday news conference in Lancaster. “It’s going to be a very lengthy investigation.”

Young said families of the victims are asking for privacy as they grieve.

“I don’t think any of us can understand how these families are doing,” she said. “I don’t think that the word devastation can begin to describe the pain and the anguish.”

The tragedy has sent shockwaves through New England’s communities of motorcyclists and military veterans, which often overlap.

“When something like this happens, we all feel it,” said Cat Wilson, who organizes a motorcycle charity event in Massachusetts and is a friend of some of the crash victims. “There is no tighter community than our biker community.”

 

(Associated Press contributed to this report. Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, lwillingham@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)




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