Survivor Of NH Motorcycle Crash Files Lawsuit Against Driver, Transport Company
Springfield, Massachusetts – A survivor of the horrific accident on June 21, 2019, in New Hampshire (which left seven motorcyclists dead) has filed a lawsuit against 23-year-old Ukranian immigrant Volodymyr Zhukovskyy and the company he was driving for at the time.
Joshua Morin, 45, of Dalton, Massachusetts survived the crash, but suffered “fractures of the left femur, left tibia, left fibula, left knee injuries, left ankle injuries, surgery, open wounds, lacerations, contusions and abrasions,” according to the suit he filed in Hampden County Superior Court this week.
The civil suit names Zhukovskyy and Westfield Transport Inc. of West Springfield, MA, as defendants.
The lawusit alleges Zhukovskyy “caused” his pickup truck to cross the yellow line and collide with the motorcycles of Joshua Morin and others, “causing the death of seven motorcyclists and causing great bodily injury to [Morin].”
Further, the suit contends Westfield Transport “should have known through a background check, interview and/or news accounts that [Zhukovskyy] posed a danger to others while driving.”
Morin is asking for $452,300 in damages.
Police say Zhukovskyy was traveling westbound on Route 2 last Friday, June 21 in a 2016 Dodge pick-up truck when he collided with a group of bikers headed eastbound at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Zhukovskyy has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of negligent homicide.
Transportation Nation Network filed an in-depth report on Zhukovskyy’s previous driving history which is littered with offenses.
Read it HERE.
Could Have Been Prevented
Most recently, Zhukovskyy was arrested in East Windsor, Connecticut on May 11, and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.
The arrest should have triggered a suspension of his commercial driver’s license (CDL).
However, officials at the Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles (MRMV) ignored the notification from Connecticut officials about Zhukovskyy’s arrest.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker admitted the state’s failures in a press conference on Monday, July 1.
“The MRMV failed to act on critically important information that had been previously communicated by another state,” Governor Baker said.
“This failure is completely unacceptable to me and to the residents of the Commonwealth, who expect the MRMV to do its job and track drivers’ records.”
Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the Connecticut referral about Zhukovskyy’s arrest was “kicked out” into a queue that employees were supposed to review manually, but no one ever did.
Additionally, Pollack said an internal review revealed that 365 additional CDL notices “reflecting serious offenses” were sent and ignored from March 2018 until the present.
In the wake of the Zhukovskyy matter, the former head of the MRMV, Erin Deveney, resigned in disgrace for not upholding her duties.
Read more of TNN’s reporting on the findings of the internal review HERE.
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