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Old 06-22-2019, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Hooper View Post
I have not read, unless I overlooked it somewhere, if the driver of the truck survived or not. Has anyone seen his status anywhere?
Truck driver is ok.
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Old 06-22-2019, 08:05 PM
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NTSB is also investigating. NHSP is on it.

I hope they determine the cause.
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Somebody knowledgeable should look at the skid marks in the photo. Looks like truck or trailer might have lost a wheel and veered left without much change in direction even though he was plowing through the group coming the other way? Hate to think that they would be drag marks...
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:03 AM
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Now NH police say the truck driver, Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, cannot be found. Seems he somehow fled the scene.

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Old 06-23-2019, 07:06 AM
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Someone will find him. I hope itís a group of pissed off Marines
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:14 AM
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1) Either the truck driver was on the phone texting

2) Bikes were pulling out from the hotel and there could have been a curve. The truck was coming fast and didn't expect motorcycles to be pulling out. Truck Driver panicked and went in other lane.

3) Truck driver was DUI

4) Truck driver fell asleep


So many things could be the result of this.

The dude fleeing is either a sign of guiltyness or panicking from being involved in the wreck and seeing all the bodies everywhere.

Sounds like this dude is either an Eastern European maybe Russian...either originally born here or a recent immigrant.

We all can make conclusions and go on a witches hunt. But let's see what they come up with.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:18 AM
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Happens a lot. FIL was front of a pack of HD's following a semi on a 2 lane road. Ahead oncoming another semi driver fell asleep and crossed the line. The semi they were following went around but they were too close and had no where to go but off road. One died and FIL got air lifted with collapsed lung etc.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:20 AM
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Perhaps only a small possibility, but could it be that both the truck and one or two of the motorcycle riders were straddling the yellow lines around a corner, and neither party is 100% at fault.

Straddling the yellow lines is epidemic by me on those roads with a single lane in each direction, both vehicles as well as with groups of motorcycles. If this small possibility is in fact correct, the evidence is probably long gone as there will not be any skid marks on either side.

Just a possibility folks, there are many others, perhaps all of which are far more likely than the one I've suggested.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
Perhaps only a small possibility, but could it be that both the truck and one or two of the motorcycle riders were straddling the yellow lines around a corner, and neither party is 100% at fault.

Straddling the yellow lines is epidemic by me on those roads with a single lane in each direction, both vehicles as well as with groups of motorcycles. If this small possibility is in fact correct, the evidence is probably long gone as there will not be any skid marks on either side.

Just a possibility folks, there are many others, perhaps all of which are far more likely than the one I've suggested.
Photo seems to show that the bikers had a very slight RH bend in the road after a very slight rise. The truck driver would have been making a slight left turn going into the curve; nothing surprising, so I don't think that road conditions were a factor. Truck driver should have had a perfect view of on-coming traffic from that photo...
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I spent a lot of time in my early 20s on that road with my bike. Even in the days before cellphones I saw lots of people crossing the line.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:47 AM
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pretty big assumptions there! Let's see what they actually find out.

Tragic! RIP
Well it might be an assumption but I for one have seen bike groups that can string a quarter to half mile long! And I never see single vehicles dotting those lines of bikers attempting to pass the group.
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
Perhaps only a small possibility, but could it be that both the truck and one or two of the motorcycle riders were straddling the yellow lines around a corner, and neither party is 100% at fault.

Straddling the yellow lines is epidemic by me on those roads with a single lane in each direction, both vehicles as well as with groups of motorcycles. If this small possibility is in fact correct, the evidence is probably long gone as there will not be any skid marks on either side.

Just a possibility folks, there are many others, perhaps all of which are far more likely than the one I've suggested.
Well it was just yesterday where I passed two groups of bikers on Harley's (on coming traffic & each group about 15 - 20 bikes) and it struck me how close they ride to the center line, so much so that I hde to consciously move slightly to the right not to be part of a problem. So.....
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:58 AM
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Must be really tough to send and receive texted messages in those mountainous areas.
I'm betting that was the truck driver's biggest problem before the accident.
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Iím surprised the NHSP havenít contacted you guys to find out the cause.
My best to the injured, families a those on scene.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Uncas View Post
Now NH police say the truck driver, Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, cannot be found. Seems he somehow fled the scene.
I have not heard that. In fact, he was interviewed by a local news outlet.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wmu...dolph/28143655

It has been reported that his his employer has not been able to contact him but I have yet to see a report that claims he fled the scene.
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Not enough facts to indicate who was at fault here.

What if one of the bikes at the head of the column went down suddenly and the bikes behind him were a little too fast and close so they veered to the left?
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Now NH police say the truck driver, Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, cannot be found. Seems he somehow fled the scene.
He is now reported to be back in Massachusetts and cooperating with the police.
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Same here to many distracted drivers on cellphones, had a group near me killed last year, guy admitted he was texting when crossed center line killed 4buddies. I never rode again ! Used to have worry about drunk drivers , now itís all drivers 16 to 85!
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Firefighter6070 View Post
1) Either the truck driver was on the phone texting
That's my bet, combined with a high rate of speed.

There was also mention of the possible/probably lack of safety gear. The big bagger riders seldom wear full leather with armor and a helmet, however, those will protect you in a low side.... Not much can be done head-on with a speeding truck. Sad way to end a Sunday ride. RIP.
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Some pics here that show a perspective that I hadn't seen yet. Nothing that gives any more indication of what happened, but 1 or 2 of the entire scene.

https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/0...ld-driver.html
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