Testimony ended Tuesday in the trial of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy

Testimony ended Tuesday in the trial of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the truck driver accused of killing seven motorcycle riders in a Northern New Hampshire crash. A judge dismissed several of the charges against Zhukovskyy last week related to his drug use at the time of the collision. Now, it’s the third week of the trial and it was the defense’s turn to call witnesses. They tried to build the case that it was actually the lead motorcycle rider who caused the crash. Zhukovskyy is charged with more than a dozen counts including negligent homicide and manslaughter. Prosecutors say in 2019, he was high and not paying attention when his truck crossed the center line on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire, into the path of oncoming bikers. Seven were killed. But how and why the accident happened is up for dispute. William Howerton is a crash reconstruction expert and one of several witnesses for the defense. Zhukovskyy admitted to using heroin and cocaine the morning of the crash. But, last week, the judge dismissed eight charges, saying the state failed to prove Zhukovskyy was under the influence at the time of the crash. During Monday’s testimony, the crash expert said skidmarks and physical  evidence at the scene show the truck was driving straight and braked just prior to the collision. The crash reconstruction expert was the last witness scheduled to be called for the defense. Closing arguments are expected on today.