Lancaster, NH — The trial of a Massachusetts truck driver accused of causing a 2019 crash that killed seven motorcyclists in Lebanon, New Hampshire, began Tuesday.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is accused of driving drunk and numerous other charges including negligent homicide. Meanwhile, defense attorneys claimed in opening statements that one of the motorcyclists is at fault.

But prosector John McCormick said that Zhukovskyy has already confessed to causing the crash.

“‘I caused the accident, I wasn’t looking.’” Those are the words of a man that caused all of this,” McCormick said. “He admitted he was not paying attention, he admitted he crossed the yellow line, he admitted he snorted drugs before getting behind the wheel that morning, he admitted to causing the crash.”

The crash involved members of the Jarhead Motorcycle Club. Five Marine veterans and two of their loved ones were killed.

Defense attorney Steve Mirkin, however, argued that it was the fault of motorcyclist Albert Woody Mazza, who looked back over his shoulder and veered towards Zhukovskyy’s truck.

“Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is not the one who caused this accident, he is not the one who was impaired,” said Mirkin. “Albert Woody Mazza was drunk, was not looking where he was going, and lost control of his motorcycle. Albert Mazza caused this accident.”

Mirkin said Zhukovskyy had taken the drugs on June 21, but he said there is no evidence that he was impaired at the time of the crash.

“Common sense tells you and experts in the field, tell you that one may have substances in one’s body and not be impaired in their ability to drive,” he said.

The first witness to testify Tuesday was Miranda Thompson, who stopped to help just after the crash.

“We started walking up and all of a sudden we saw some smoke, on the left of us, when we were walking up someone came running down and said does anyone have any medical attention,” Thompson said. “We went over the hill and ended up seeing from dead bodies to debris everywhere and people on the side, semi harmed but a little bit shaken.”

As many as 100 witnesses could potentially testify at the trial, which is expected to last three weeks.