NEW HAMPSHIRE — A
woman riding with a group of motorcyclists struck by a pickup truck in New
Hampshire said she saw an explosion after the crash that left seven dead and
Her bike went to the
ground and she rolled out of harm’s way after the Friday collision on Route 2
in Randolph. Some of her companions did not escape — all the people killed were
“It was just all
fire,” Dawn Brindley told CNN affiliate WMUR. “I just looked around.
Somebody helped me up. I was just hysterical.”
The motorcyclists had
been traveling east when they collided with a westbound 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup
“I’ve seen some bad
ones here in my life, but nothing like this,” said Randolph’s police chief,
Gordon Alan Lowe. “It’s bad. I feel bad for the men that had to be there and
The victims, all from
the New England region, ranged in age from 42 to 62, New Hampshire Deputy
Attorney General Jane Young said Sunday. The seven died of “blunt trauma,”
according to results from released by the chief medical examiner’s office in
Concord, Young said.
Beatrice Engstrand, a
neurologist who was staying at a nearby inn, said the flames went about 20 feet
Engstrand ran to the
scene with Jerry Hamanne, the co-owner of the Inn. They tried to assist as many
people as they could. Engstrand applied a tourniquet to one injured man’s leg
and performed compressions on others until help arrived, she
told the affiliate.
“It was just terrible.
No one thought of taking photos or anything like that. You just want to help
the people who were screaming and laying there in the road,” Hamanne said.
Several of those
killed were members of the Jarhead Motorcycle Club and were on their way to an
event at the American Legion, according to the station. The club’s members
include active and veteran Marines.
“All our people are
just good, hard-charging Marines,” Scotty Swann, a member of the club, told the
The group had just
left its hotel when the crash occurred.
One person remains hospitalized
The victims were
identified as Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza,
49, of Lee, New Hampshire; and Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island.
Desma Oakes, 42, of
Concord, New Hampshire; and Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire, and
Joanne and Edward Corr, both 58 and from Lakeville, Massachusetts, were also
Of the three
motorcyclists injured in the crash, two have been treated and released from
local hospitals, and one was transported by air after the accident and remains
hospitalized, according to New Hampshire State Police Col. Chris Wagner.
State police collision
analysis and reconstruction teams are investigating the crash, along with local
police and the Coos County Attorney’s Office.
“The scene is pretty
large and there’s a lot of work to be done,” New Hampshire State Police Capt.
Chris Vetter said. “I don’t know that I have ever seen a crash with this much
loss of life. It was a pretty significant accident.”
The truck driver is identified
The driver of the
pickup truck has been identified as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, Coos County
Attorney John McCormick said at a news conference Saturday.
Zhukovskyy was alone
in the truck at the time of the collision and was working as a driver for a
transportation company based in Springfield, Massachusetts, McCormick said.
No arrests have been
made in connection to the crash, McCormick said.
Young declined to comment on whether the driver of the pickup truck fled the scene, or whether drugs or alcohol were involved, citing an ongoing investigation.