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Memorial Motorcycle Ride Honors ‘Fallen 7’ of Fatal Accident in New Hampshire

By Jeremy Sandberg

In honor of the seven members of a motorcycle club who died in a tragic accident last month, thousands of bikers from across the United States met in Laconia, New Hampshire, on July 6 to take part in a memorial ride to pay their respects.

The seven members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, referred to as “The Fallen 7,” died in a fatal crash involving a collision with a pickup truck on Route 2  in Randolph, New Hampshire, on June 21.

“I don’t think any of us can understand how these families are doing,” Jane Young, New Hampshire Deputy Attorney General, said in a press conference. “I don’t think that the word devastation can begin to describe the pain and the anguish.”

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Motorcyclists attend the Blessing of the Bikes ceremony in Columbia, N.H. on June 23, 2019. (Lisa Rathke/AP)

The memorial ride started at the Broken Spoke Saloon in Laconia at noon and traveled in procession to the scene of the crash at around 3 p.m.

The Jarheads Motorcycle Club that the seven deceased belonged to is made up of U.S. Marine Corps veterans and their families.

Users shared videos and posted photos to Twitter documenting the ride.

One user on Twitter said volunteers at the event estimated over 3,000 participants, and that prayer was held before the ride started.

American Military News posted the memorial event information on Twitter.

Seven Charges of Homicide

The driver of the 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck, identified as 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, was arrested at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, at approximately 8 a.m. on June 24 for the June 21 collision, according to the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

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Volodymyr Zhukovskyy (East Windsor Police Department via AP)

Zhukovskyy’s black truck, which had a flatbed trailer attached, was seen in flames on the side of the road at the scene, but he sustained no major injuries.

Zhukovskyy is now charged with seven counts of negligent homicide.

Hundreds Participate

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the New Hampshire Department of Safety both issued public advisory statements to seek alternate routes and expect delays during the memorial ride on July 6.

New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) posted to Twitter that the event came to a successful conclusion.

“Over 3,000 motorcycles participated in the Ride for the Fallen 7 to remember those lives lost,” said HSEM.