Berkshire bikers honor riders lost in NH crash (copy)

Members of area American Legion Riders and others participate in a vigil in Dalton in July 2019, as groups honor victims of the deadly New Hampshire crash. On June 21, 2019, seven people associated with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is made up of former Marines, were killed when a truck driven by Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, is alleged to have crossed a double yellow line on U.S. 2 near Randolph, N.H. One club member who survived the crash, Joshua Morin, lives in Dalton.

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The president of a Massachusetts trucking company is pleading guilty to federal charges related to a 2019 crash that killed seven motorcycle riders in New Hampshire and injured a Dalton man, Joshua Morin.

Dartanyan Gasanov, 35, of West Springfield, is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to falsifying safety records, The Springfield Republican reports.

Gasanov was president of Westfield Transport and his brother, Dunyadar Gasanov, was the now-disbanded West Springfield company's vice president. The brothers were charged with altering and falsifying company records, including driver logs and other safety records leading up to the deadly crash. Both initially pleaded not guilty.

On June 21, 2019, a company pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer collided with the group of 10 motorcycles on U.S. 2 in Randolph, N.H. One of the people hit was Morin, who was riding with a group of former military personnel. 

Morin told The Eagle in early 2020 that he remembered lying on a rural New Hampshire road, looking down and seeing his femur jutting out through his skin.

"I felt the blow of the truck, took a shot to the shoulder and then I must have lost consciousness for a minute," Morin said from his couch at home. "Then, I was on the ground and I looked at my leg. ... It was squirting out blood and I could see the top part swelling in my jeans."

The driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, faces charges of negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless conduct. The Springfield resident has pleaded not guilty.

The Springfield Republican reports Dartanyan Gasanov faces up to 16 months in prison and a $55,000 fine.

The 2019 crash also led to the resignation of the head of the Massachusetts motor vehicle division and other reforms at the state agency.

A state probe found that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles failed to terminate Zhukovskyy's commercial driving license after the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles provided information about his drunken-driving arrest in that state.

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