Truck driver acquitted in deaths of 7 motorcycle riders in ICE custody, faces deportation

A truck driver, who is a Ukrainian citizen, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and now faces deportation just a day after he was cleared of all charges in connection with a crash in New Hampshire that killed seven motorcyclists , was acquitted. said an official.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 26, was taken into ICE custody at the Grafton County Department of Justice facility in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, and received a summons to appear in an immigration court, an ICE spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
In a statement, the spokesman said: "Zhukovskyy has an extensive criminal history, including three previous convictions on charges involving possession of cocaine and heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under a suspension, providing false information to an officer and theft. "
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ICE sent a detention request to the Coos County Jail in July 2019 after he was arrested and charged in an accident that killed seven members of Jarheads Motorcycle Club, the spokesman said.
The spokesman noted that ICE subjects arrested on criminal charges, who ICE likely has reason to believe are removable non-citizens, to detention. Those involved in deportation proceedings receive their lawful due process from the federal immigration judges.
Zhukovskyy has faced multiple charges of involuntary manslaughter and manslaughter in connection with an accident on Route 2 in Randolph.
After more than two weeks of testimony, a jury quickly pronounced the acquittal Tuesday.
During his trial, prosecutors argued that Zhukovskyy had been on heroin, fentanyl and cocaine before fisting and colliding with the motorcyclists. But a judge dismissed eight disability charges, and his attorney had accused lead biker Albert "Woody" Mazza of losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into the truck while intoxicated.
Zhukovskyy's commercial driver's license should have been revoked in Massachusetts at the time of the accident because he had been arrested for drunk driving in Connecticut about two months earlier.
Connecticut officials alerted the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, but Zhukovskyy's driver's license was not suspended due to a backlog of out-of-state reports of driving violations.
The motorcyclists killed were club members from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They were part of a larger group who had just left a highway motel for a fundraiser at the American Legion Post in Gorham.
The trial began on July 26.
Editor's Note: Some Associated Press material was used in this story.
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