Dalton biker's injuries from deadly NH crash said to be severe

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DALTON — The Dalton man hurt in a New Hampshire crash that killed seven motorcyclists faces a long recovery from severe injuries, his attorney says.

Joshua Morin, a registered nurse and former Marine, remains under care at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was taken by helicopter after Friday's deadly crash.

John Haymond, a lawyer who specializes in representing motorcyclists, said Morin and his wife, Joy, are declining to speak publicly about the crash or to provide details about the nature of his injuries.

"I will say he's in bad shape. He's got a long road ahead of him and a lot of rehabilitation," Haymond said Wednesday. "It's not a question of days or a few weeks. It's going to be a long time."

Morin, 45, was riding with members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club when a truck driven by Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, is alleged to have crossed a double yellow center line on U.S. 2 in northern New Hampshire. It struck riders on their way to a club gathering.

Zhukovskyy, who lives in West Springfield, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with Friday's accident.

Haymond said he plans to bring a lawsuit against both the driver and the man's employer, Westfield Transport.

Morin was one of three riders injured in the crash. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office did not respond to requests for information on Morin's current medical condition.

Haymond said that though he has long represented motorcyclists, he hasn't encountered a case that resulted in so much death and injury.

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"How often do you hear of seven people pronounced dead at the scene of an accident, as well as two or three others who are critically injured?" he told Western Mass News, a TV station. "I mean, in my lifetime, I've never heard of this before."

Haymond told The Eagle the lawsuit he will bring on behalf of Morin will attempt to provide resources for the man and his family as he recovers.

"I want to help them because he's got a long recuperation period ahead of him," Haymond said.

Morin's LinkedIn page lists him as working at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. He earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee. He also received an associate degree in nursing in 2006 from Berkshire Community College, according to a story The Eagle's archive.

Haymond said Morin has devoted himself to helping others, not only as a former Marine, but as a health care provider."I think the world of him, whether he's a client or not," she said. "We're going to see this through."

Meantime, a club based in Dalton plans to reach out to help Morin's family.

Brian Casella, vice president of Crippled Old Busted Bikers, or COBB, says the group will rally help once Morin's needs become clear.

Casella told a TV reporter that the club stands ready to assist. He could not be reached for further comment.

"We'd probably just start out trying to do one of our monthly donations once we find out what's really needed," Casella told the station.

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com, at @larryparnass on Twitter and 413-496-6214.


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