A lawyer has argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court that a truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in 2019 deserves a bail hearing after three refusals. Appellate Defender Christopher Johnson said Tuesday the facts that led a judge to rule Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is dangerous and should remain jailed are in dispute.

Zhukovskyy told Massachusetts State Police after his arrest he was using three or four bags of heroin a day and had used both heroin and cocaine the morning of the crash. He acknowledged that he could feel the effects of the cocaine after his last delivery but that he was,

“fine and okay to drive.”

Zhukovskyy has plead not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide and driving under the influence. He remains in custody as he awaits trial expected early next year. Prosecutors had previously reported in documents that Zhukovskyy had drugs in his system at the time of the crash including fentanyl, morphine and a chemical found in cocaine.

Zhukovskyy who was the driver involved in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire was on drugs and was also reaching for a beverage just before colliding with a group of bikers.

The seven people killed were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a New England group that includes Marines and their spouses. The victims were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The crash also badly injured a Dalton man.

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