BOSTON (CBS) – Federal investigators said Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the driver charged in a deadly New Hampshire crash, was under the influence of drugs and reaching for a drink when he lost control of his truck and killed seven motorcyclists.
The revelation comes from a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report obtained by the Boston Globe.
Zhukovskyy is facing seven charges of negligent homicide after the June crash in Randolph, N.H. The West Springfield resident, who was driving for Westfield Transport at the time of the crash, pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The federal report does not specify which drug Zhukovskyy tested positive for.
Zhukovskyy has a long history of traffic and impairment charges. The RMV said Zhukovskyy’s commercial license should have been suspended prior to the crash due to previous arrests.