7 killed , 3 hurt in motorcycle-truck accident in Randolph NH

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NH To Suspend 4,000 Licenses After Deadly Crash Prompts DMV Review

New Hampshire plans to suspend the licenses of nearly 4,000 drivers in the latest fallout following a June crash that killed seven motorcyclists, Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday. The Republican governor said the review of the Division of Motor Vehicles sparked by the deadly crash that was just released led authorities to catch up on notifications it had that dated back to July 2016. Sununu said the department is now caught up and more than 37,000 DMV infractions have been looked at.

“What we have learned through the process allows us to both challenge and assist other states as they hopefully undergo the same exercise,” Sununu said.

Further out, Sununu is recommending legislative changes that would allow the DMV to share notifications for all drivers, not just those in states which participate in the REAL ID program. The state is also hoping to encourage municipalities in New Hampshire to automate the sharing of notifications with the state. Currently, most mail paper notifications to the DMV.
 

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New Hampshire plans to suspend the licenses of nearly 4,000 drivers in the latest fallout following a June crash that killed seven motorcyclists, Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday. The Republican governor said the review of the Division of Motor Vehicles sparked by the deadly crash that was just released led authorities to catch up on notifications it had that dated back to July 2016. Sununu said the department is now caught up and more than 37,000 DMV infractions have been looked at
I heard a soundbite of the press conference,
and I could swear that the figure Sununu quoted
for the number of unprocessed transactions in the NH "tub" (<= my term)
dating back to July 2016 was in the "mere" (<= my term) double-digits.

The video of the press conference is over 36 minutes long,
so I haven't watched the whole thing to try and find it.
 

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Truck driver faces 16 new charges in deadly N.H. motorcycle crash - The Boston Globe

A Massachusetts man is facing 16 new charges after a New Hampshire grand jury handed up indictments related to the horrific crash in June that killed seven motorcyclists and exposed widespread problems at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, previously had been charged with seven counts of negligent homicide. The indictment added seven counts of negligent homicide while driving under the influence, seven counts of reckless manslaughter, and one count each of aggravated driving while intoxicated and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon — his 2016 Dodge pickup truck.

Authorities have said Zhukovskyy was high on drugs and reaching for a drink when the pickup he was driving with an attached trailer crossed over the yellow line on Route 2 in Randolph, N.H., and collided with a group of motorcyclists.

Officials at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles have conceded that Zhukovskyy’s commercial driver’s license should have been terminated before the June 21 crash because he had been charged with drunk driving in Connecticut in May.

However, the agency failed to act on a notification of the charge from the state of Connecticut, along with tens of thousands of other notifications about lawbreaking drivers from other states, many of which piled up in boxes in the registry’s storage rooms.

Zhukovskyy has been jailed since the crash, and is scheduled to appear in court in Lancaster, N.H., via video conference on Nov. 5.

Coos County Attorney John McCormick, who is prosecuting Zhukovskyy along with New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, declined to comment on the indictment.

Zhukovskyy’s troubled driving record began at age 16, when, according to court records, police in West Springfield found him and another man in a car that had crashed into heavy brush. Zhukovskyy was charged with driving without a license, speeding, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested in June 2013 for drunken driving in Westfield, records say. He was sentenced in that case to a year of probation, and his license was suspended for 210 days, the Westfield News reported. There were no fatalities in that case.
 
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However, the agency failed to act on a notification of the charge from the state of Connecticut, along with tens of thousands of other notifications about lawbreaking drivers from other states, many of which piled up in boxes in the registry’s storage rooms.
[rofl][rofl][laugh2][laugh2] Got to love the Massachusetts State government and all its employees.
 

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Apropos of nothing, but an indication of how incompetent the Mass RMV folks are... I moved to MA from Arizona 10-11 years ago. Turned in my AZ license and got my MA one. For years, EVERY time I bought a gun I got "Hold for further review" even after completing the paperwork for a UPIN. the holds were generally 15 seconds or so, except Friday afternoons and weekends when I got "held" until Monday or Tuesday, so I stopped buying guns those times.

Now, here I am in Tennessee at Motor Vehicles, which is actually part of our (state) DHS. Apparently I have two "indicators", meaning driver's licenses. Meaning MA never told AZ I got a DL in MA. So there are two records of my status in two states. Took the Tennessee clerk 20 minutes and two calls to MA to get it fixed, while I waited. Over the next week I went to Bud's twice to buy/pickup guns, ZERO issues.

Fvck you MA!
 

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Interesting.... so you're suggesting that somehow your DL f***ed up NICS? I find this intriguing because I had always been of the understanding that NICS doesn't "know" everything only that it knows people it thinks are "bad". And last I knew, even then having two DLs, while possibly not legal, doesn't make someone a prohibited person. Is TN a POC state? POC states might have their own requirements beyond fed template....

-Mike
 

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Mike,
Dunno why it happened, and I definitely get "correlation does not mean causation" but over 8 years in MA I got some sort of hold/delay EVERY SINGLE TIME I did an ffl transfer, even after the UPIN. Never had a problem with an efa10. Dunno which JBT looks at what records or when, just know my personal experience. Maybe somebody can get hold of @atilla...

Anyway, I don't want to derail the thread, which is WAY more important than my personal experience. Just thought yet another example of MA systemic incompetence would be interesting.

Oh, what's a POC state?
 

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Mike,
Dunno why it happened, and I definitely get "correlation does not mean causation" but over 8 years in MA I got some sort of hold/delay EVERY SINGLE TIME I did an ffl transfer, even after the UPIN. Never had a problem with an efa10. Dunno which JBT looks at what records or when, just know my personal experience. Maybe somebody can get hold of @atilla...

Anyway, I don't want to derail the thread, which is WAY more important than my personal experience. Just thought yet another example of MA systemic incompetence would be interesting.

Oh, what's a POC state?
Point Of Contact = states that run their own NICS check center... just looked at this map, TN is a full POC state which means they run their own fed BG
checks for FFLs.. NICS Participation Map | Federal Bureau of Investigation

The green states (even MA!) all FFLs only use the FBI NICS line/systems for the checks. (obvs MA has LTC bullshit too but that is completely separate system used by the
dealer).

The reason I bring this up is because under normal circumstances I've never heard of a NICS check having anything to do with drivers licenses, and I suspect that in TN there might be some "state level adventurism/f***ery" where they do stuff above and beyond whatever the federal template is. In most cases this isn't a problem but sometimes it results in stupid shit happening. Actually in your particular case it might (of course I'm just making a wild assed guess here) have actually helped you- because it's possible TN NICS POC examiners all have higher level access, and if some "flag" comes up, it may get resolved quicker rather than have to be punted into another examiner's "queue" like it would with the FBI. Of course most of this is a guess, but I am betting the POC states don't have money to waste on several different tiers of examiners. (in some cases its pretty obvious some of them don't have enough money to properly staff their POC to begin with, like NH's handgun POC, that has like... 3? 4? people that do all the handgun checks in the entire state.... )

-Mike
 

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huge twist to this story. Defense atty citing one of the MC drivers was drunk and hit the pickup, causing the truck's left front tire to blow out, steering him into the other oncoming bikes
 
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Does the autopsy report corroborate that the operator of the first MC to hit/be hit by the truck was drunk?
 

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Does the autopsy report corroborate that the operator of the first MC to hit/be hit by the truck was drunk?
From the article:

"The motion notes the state also provided information showing that Mazza had been turned around looking back at the group of riders behind him just before the accident and that autopsy reports show that at the time of the crash, Mazza's blood-alcohol level was 0.135%, well above the legal limit of 0.08%."
 

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Interesting twist, and 0.135% is indeed hammered:

0.13-0.15 BAC: You are losing physical control and motor skills are becoming severely unskilled. This is the point where most people are stumbling and vision is blurry. Perception and judgment are strongly impaired.

Plausible that Mazza could have caused the wreck or at least could have been a significant contributing factor. I know everyone wanted to hang the Russki kid and he does have a dirtbag record but state evidence is pointing at least partially in another direction. Was the kid proven to be impaired or did he just test positive for something? Regardless, it's a very sad tragedy and the blame game isn't bringing anyone back.
 

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huge twist to this story. Defense atty citing one of the MC drivers was drunk and hit the pickup, causing the truck's left front tire to blow out, steering him into the other oncoming bikes
Oh sure. The defense att'y could also have said that one of the MC riders farted and distracted the truck driver. Jack.
 

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It's the defense attorney's job to do anything possible to get his client off.

Where did the independent report come from meaning who ordered it? Why are their facts so different than the NHSP?
 

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It's the defense attorney's job to do anything possible to get his client off.

Where did the independent report come from meaning who ordered it? Why are their facts so different than the NHSP?
There facts are different because they aren’t biased. The police and the victims want to hang the kid. The police were probably overlooking things to hang it on the kid.
 

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Here is my thoughts on this. Having worked multiple fatal accidents, including motorcycles, I've spent hours watching the State Police accident reconstruction team. I actually shadowed them on a bike accident once put of boredom. They are damn good at piecing together what happened. Estimating speed, where things happened etc.

Having driven past the scene of the accident, I cant see a way that a bike could colide with a truck and blow the tire on the truck with any kind of a glancing blow. It was a fairly straight section if I remember correctly. I would have to imagine the bike was under the tire significantly to puncture it, and the bike would have left telltale signs on the road.
 

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Not buying it. There are cases on record where blood samples turned out to be cross-contaminated with stomach contents, so there may be a faulty conclusion drawn here. Riding a big Harley with a BAC that high is astounding. And it would be surprising if the other riders hadn't noticed, not to mention let him ride point.
 
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As a rider I've literally not once ever got on my bike with even a single beer in me. I never wanted to justify even one, because it's so easy for that to become 2,3,6 whatever.

I feel bad for everyone else involved, but the mfer riding a motorcycle at .135% BAC 100% deserves what he got. 0 sympathy at all. You can't fix stupid.
 
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Not buying it. There are cases on record where blood samples turned out to be cross-contaminated with stomach contents, so there may be a faulty conclusion drawn here. Riding a big Harley with a BAC that high is astounding. And it would be surprising if the other riders hadn't noticed, not to mention let him ride point.
you're be surprised how functional serious alcoholics can be with decades of tolerance built up. .135% for most of us, we'd be stammering, but there are drunks out there driving around at .3 when a normal person would be almost in a coma.
 
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