The head of the Massachusetts motoring department resigned her reported six-figure Saturday man after her agency had not terminated the commercial license for a man accused of colliding with a group of motorcyclists on a rural New Hampshire road Last week, seven cyclists left dead.
Massachusetts registry Erin Deveney offered his termination just hours after the alleged driver involved in the horrific crash allegedly guilty of seven counts of negligent murder in Friday's motorcycle tragedy in Randolph, NH, reported the Boston Herald.
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Deveney's agency failed to act on information received in May from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles on a drunken driving arrest with the 23-year-old suspect, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said in a statement.
Pollack said that the earlier arrest should have cost Zhukovskyy his commercial license. As a result, she accepted Deveney's resignation, whose wages were allegedly $ 143,800. Year according to Herald.
Court documents claim Zhukovskyy, a Ukrainian citizen of permanent residence in the United States, was driving improperly and crossed the center line around 6:30 pm Friday on Highway 2, a two-way crossing that passes through the small town just north of Mount Washington. His Dodge pickup truck pulled a flatbed trailer as it plowed into the cyclists. All victims were members or supporters of Marine JarHeads, a New England motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. They killed ranged from 42 to 62 years of age.
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Manny Ribeiro, who survived the crash, said Deveney's departure was only a sign that the crash could have been prevented. But Ribeiro said it also felt "like someone is running around from the problem."
"We just have to stop and go away, and that's it," said Ribeiro to the Associated Press. "History over. See you later until the next time it happens, and then the next person goes down. That's what happens every single time."
Former Massachusetts Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Jamey Tesler will assume the role of acting registrar to conduct an in-depth review of the registry's state-to-state data sharing system to "secure RMV actions as quickly as possible about any information. shared by other states, "said Pollack Herald.
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Zhukovskyy was previously arrested on May 11 in a parking lot at Walmart in Conn., After claiming to be a difficulty test. His license was not revoked after the arrest, but in 2013 his permit was taken for 210 days, and he was accused of a drunk driving fee in Westfield, Mass.
Police in Texas told several media that Zhukovskyy also crashed a tractor trailer in suburban Houston earlier this month. Zhukovskyy told the police that he had been cut off and made him lose control of the truck. He was not charged.
Fox News & # 39; Greg Norman, Sam Chamberlain and The Associated Press contributed to this report.