NH Bikers Were on Their Way to an American Legion Event

NH flags are half-staff for crash victims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2019 5:33 AM CDT
NH Bikers Were on Their Way to an American Legion Event
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board and the New Hampshire State Police investigate the scene of Friday's collision involving a pick-up truck and numerous motorcycles in Randolph, N.H., Sunday, June 23, 2019.   (Peter Knudson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has ordered flags on public buildings in the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday to honor victims of Friday's horrific truck-motorcycle crash. The seven motorcycle riders and passengers killed in the crash—five men and two women—were all members or supporters of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club for former and active duty Marines and were on their way to an American Legion event, CNN reports. "All our people are just good, hard-charging Marines," says club member Scott Swann, who returned to the scene with crash survivor Dawn Brindley on Sunday to place an American flag for each victim. One of the victims, 59-year-old Albert Mazza, was the club's president, reports the New Hampshire Union-Leader.

"Friday’s tragedy has struck our state and our citizens in a profound way," Sununu said in a statement. A GoFundMe fundraiser set up to help the families has raised more than $300,000. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, which involved a pickup truck driven by Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, who was working as a driver for a Massachusetts transportation company. "I was on inside," Brindley tells WMUR. "I saw the truck, I think. I don't even know. It was just all fire. I just laid my bike down and I just rolled." Authorities say they don't yet know whether Zhukovskyy, who was not injured in the crash, will face charges. (A "Blessing of the Bikes" ceremony Sunday became a memorial for the seven victims.)

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