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Prosecutors: Driver was high on drug cocktail at New Hampshire collision


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In the ongoing case over a horrifying crash that killed seven riders last June, prosecutors in New Hampshire have published documents stating the commercial driver involved was high on a drug cocktail at the time of the collision.

WMUR9’s story on the ongoing proceedings says Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had asked for a bail hearing. That move came after  Zhukovskyy’s lawyer had brought the argument that a motorcyclist had caused the crash. Last month, Zhukovskyy’s lawyer said an independent analysis had determined one of the motorcyclists in the crash had been intoxicated, and that had been the root cause of the crash. With that argument, the lawyer had requested bail be granted.

New Hampshire’s prosecutors fired back with a report saying Zhukovskyy had been driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of both heroin and cocaine at the time of the crash, and that he’d told investigators that he often took drugs before driving. They said Zhukovskyy was a flight risk, as a Ukrainian national. Currently, immigration officials are working on deporting him from the US. At the time of the crash, prosecutors said Zhukovskyy was free on bail over earlier DUI charges in Connecticut, and that he poses a risk to the public.

Zhukovskyy was denied his bail hearing after the judge took in the statements. His trial is scheduled to run in November. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and DUI. At the time of the crash in 2019, he had seven years of driving arrests and tickets on his record, including a drunk driving arrest in 2013. He’d been arrested for driving under the influence in Connecticut, only weeks before the crash, after refusing a sobriety test.

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