Just hours after a man negligently killed 7 motorcyclists in a tragic New Hampshire motorcycle accident, the Massachussetts motor vehicle chief resigned. The New Hampshire crash was one of the most deadly in New England history.
Erin Deveney stepped down from her leadership position at the Registry of Motor Vehicles shortly after Volodomyr Zhuhovskyy, 23, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of negligent homicide, according to the Boston Herald.
Her reason for leaving was driven by the sheer fact that, despite being busted for a DWI nearly a month before the tragedy and having been arrested for drunk driving in 2013, Deveney’s division should have previously revoked Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy’s commercial driver’s license.
“The RMV had not acted on information provided by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles about a May 11 incident that should have triggered termination of this individual’s commercial driver’s license,” stated by MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack.
Zhuhovskyy, who was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck, now faces seven charges of negligent homicide from Friday’s deadly New Hampshire crash. Despite pleading not guilty to his charges, several witnesses have come forward, reporting that Zhuhovskyy’s truck was seen swerving in and out of lanes right before plowing into the bikers on U.S. 2.
Zhuhovsky was traveling westbound with an attached flatbed trailer, the kind used to haul cars, when he struck the group of bikers. The 10 riders were heading eastbound before the truck hit them. State police said the pickup truck was in flames when emergency crews arrived at the scene.
The two riders who survived the crash were transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital and one was airlifted to Maine Medical.
As the investigation into yesterday’s tragic accident in Randolph develops, we ask those to respect the privacy of the victims, their families, and the survivors. God bless them all. pic.twitter.com/zSb8tIPPvD
— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) June 22, 2019
Authorities have not yet released the names of the motorcyclists.
The bikers were members of JarHeads Motorcycle Club, including their spouses, which is a group composed of current and former marines. The riders were traveling back home from a charity event at a nearby American Legion post.
Family, friends and bikers from all over continue mourning the loss of the 7 riders.
“When something like this happens, we all feel it,” said Cat Wilson, who organizes a motorcycle charity event in Massachusetts and knew some of the accident victims. “There is no tighter community than our biker community.”
Many have continued to hold mourning ceremonies for the riders and plan to do a memorial ride on July 6 at the ‘Memorial Ride for the Fall Seven’ organized by New Hampshire’s Patriot Guard Riders.
Members have publicly stated that anyone is welcome to come and show support of the New Hampshire crash or donate to a GoFundMe created to help the victims’ families.
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