Pickup truck driver to be charged in the death of 7 motorcyclists

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The latest on a deadly motorcycle crash that took 7 lives in New Hampshire.

The man accused of driving the pickup truck that collided into a group of motorcyclists, Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, was arrested at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts Monday morning.

He will be arraigned in Coos County Superior Court on Tuesday.

The 23 year-old will be charged with 7 counts of negligent homicide in his role in the deaths of the seven motorcyclists.

He collided with the pack of motorcyclist Friday Night on Route 2 in Randolph New Hampshire.

Police have not release details on how the accident happened.

Zhukovskyy told WMUR, quote “it was a big tragedy. I’m trying to process this with my family. I’m feeling shocked. It happened so fast. I am cooperating with police. I feel mentally hurt.”

After such a horrific crash, and the warm summer month bringing more motorcyclist out on the roads, we wondered how to best keep motorcyclist safe.

According to the Vermont State Police, motorcyclist are 28 percent more likely to die in a crash than those who are in a vehicle.

VSP says vehicles should be sure to give motorcycles plenty of following distance, while also being sure to indicate your intentions, like for example, using your turn signal.

“This is a shared responsibility. This is not anymore on the motorcyclist than it is on the motor vehicle operators. It’s the road that we all share. We all have to take in that responsibility. Motorcyclist need to drive defensively and motor vehicle operators need to drive with at any point a motorcycle is going to come up on them,” said Lt. Tara Thomas of the Vermont State Police.

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