Jury Acquits Truck Driver of All Charges in Crash That Left 7 Bikers Dead

In closing arguments on Tuesday, legal professionals on each side provided differing views of who had been liable for the deaths of seven individuals who had been using their bikes on Route 2, about 100 miles northeast of Harmony. Some have been en path to a charity occasion in Gorham when a flash of collisions despatched riders hurtling to the highway in a scene that witnesses described as bloody and chaotic.

Mr. Duguay, argued in his summation that Albert Mazza Jr., the president of the Jarheads Motorbike Membership who was killed within the collision, had triggered the crash as a result of he had been “driving his motorbike whereas drunk, wasn’t wanting the place he was going, misplaced management of his bike and simply slid into the oncoming truck.”

Mr. Duguay additionally mentioned that prosecution witnesses had provided conflicting accounts of what transpired earlier than the crash: One witness testified that she had seen Mr. Zhukovskyy’s truck swerve within the lanes, whereas one other mentioned that he had not. Witnesses, Mr. Duguay mentioned, had shared “utterly totally different irreconcilable recollections.”

Prosecutors, nevertheless, mentioned that whereas Mr. Mazza’s impairment was a “poor alternative,” it in the end had nothing to do with the crash.

“Not one particular person noticed Mazza impaired or driving off the highway,” Scott D. Chase, a New Hampshire assistant legal professional common, mentioned throughout closing arguments. “However each particular person on that highway noticed the defendant throughout it.”

A report from the Nationwide Transportation Security Board launched in December 2020 discovered that on the day of the crash, Mr. Zhukovskyy had been “impaired by a number of medication,” together with heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. He was working for Westfield Transport, a trucking firm, on the time and was driving to Albany, N.Y., and Gorham, based on court docket information.

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