Pick-up truck mows down 10 US riders

Pick-Up crash with US riders accident

Seven motorcyclists are dead and three more injured after a Dodge pick-up truck mowed down a pack of riders in New Hampshire, US, yesterday.

Associated Press reports the crash took place just metres from where the riders staying for their annual general meeting.

Police have now charged the driver, 23-year-old Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Massachusetts, with seven counts of negligent homicide. He has previously had two drink-driving convictions.

Police say the riders were from the Marine JarHeads Motorcycle Club that includes ex-United States Marines and their spouses. It was big weekend for cruisers in the area.

“There was debris everywhere,” Miranda Thompson, 21, told the Associated Press.

“People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn’t move. You could tell people were lost who it happened too … It was a sad day for all of them.”

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but the driver was not injured despite his pick-up bursting into flame after impact.

Pick-Up crash with US riders accident
All images Associated Press
The pick-up was apparently towing a long flat-bed trailer, but was not a support vehicle for the riders.
Apparently he pulled up on the wrong side of the road.
Pick-Up crash with US riders accident
Image: AP
Our condolences to the riders’ families and friends.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to the site to investigate the crash.

A gofundme account has been set up to help the families of the victims.

It has raised nearly $229,000 in one day. More than 4720 people from across the US have donated to the cause.

4 Comments

  1. Very sad, especially we appreciate & respect ex veterans & their families. Hit from behind, no fault on their part. Riding, I have been hit from behind also, by a distracted driver, looking sideways at a police radar. A lesson for us all, to pay full attention when driving, no texting, gazing sideways etc. Our prayers are with you all.

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