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Man Accused of Killing Seven Motorcyclists in Crash Previously Flipped an 18-wheeler

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the man responsible for a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire is now found to have flipped an 18-wheeler in Texas two weeks prior.

Details of the Previous Trucking Accident

According to reports, the police say that Zhukovskyy crashed an 18-wheeler in Texas about two weeks before the crash in New Hampshire that left seven people dead. In addition, just a few months before rolling over an 18-wheeler, Zhukovskyy was found with a crack pipe in one of his pockets.

His company, Western Transport, still decided to let him drive after the Texas crash. This company reportedly has a poor record with drivers, who get written up almost four times as much as the national average. Zhukovskyy has now been charged with negligent homicide and as a green card holder may face deportation back to his home country of Ukraine.

Zhukovskyy was not cited for the Texas accident, telling authorities that he was only swerving to miss a car that had cut him off. However, he currently faces preventative detention for his driving record including an OUI arrest in Connecticut.

Details of the Tragic Motorcycle Accident

According to NBC News, a pickup truck hauling a trailer crashed into a group of 10 motorcyclists after turning left onto a two-lane highway. The crash resulted in an explosion that left seven of the 10 motorcyclists dead.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the driver of the truck, was arrested while the investigation of the cause of the collision is underway. He faces charges of homicide.

Zhukovskyy had been brought in on other charges before most notably for driving drunk. The group of motorcyclists belonged to a club for ex-Marines.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016:

  • 11.5 million large trucks were registered in the United States
  • An estimated 433,000 police-reported traffic crashes occurred involving large trucks
  • 4,317 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks
  • Large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents
  • An estimated 116,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks
  • Of the fatalities that occurred in large truck crashes in 2015, 84 percent were occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants, such as pedestrians or bicyclists
  • About one out of every four fatal crashes involving a large truck occurs on an interstate highway
  • States with the most fatalities in traffic crashes involving large trucks:
    • Texas — 556
    • California — 322
    • Florida — 293
    • Georgia — 179
    • Illinois – 146

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