Dalton motorcycle group to honor victims of NH crash

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DALTON — "Taps" and gun volleys will sound Monday in Dalton, as members of an American Legion motorcycle group honor victims of a deadly New Hampshire crash — and a local survivor.

Neil Raymond, a member of the American Legion Riders, said members of Post 115 are inviting the public to gather at 6 p.m. for a vigil and ceremony that will include standard military honors for the veterans who died.

On June 21, seven people associated with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is made up of former Marines, were killed when a truck crossed a double yellow line on U.S. Route 2 near Randolph, N.H., and into the path of club members on their way to a meeting. The driver of the truck, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of negligent homicide and remains in custody.

One club member who survived the crash, Joshua Morin, 45, of Dalton, has been undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Raymond said while he doesn't know Morin personally, his ties to local veterans issues will be recognized.

"Josh is a local veteran and part of our credo is to support community and veterans locally," Raymond said. "We feel a strong kinship with him."

Morin is a registered nurse and former Marine. The Jarheads MC has done charitable work on behalf of veterans and others.

John Haymond, an attorney representing Morin, told The Eagle recently that his client faces many weeks of recovery.

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"I will say he's in bad shape," Haymond said. "He's got a long road ahead of him and a lot of rehabilitation."

The family has declined interview requests. Morin was one of three survivors treated after the crash.

Though the Dalton event is scheduled to start when it is still light out, people are invited to hold candles.

The names of those killed in the accident will be read aloud. Those who died were Michael Ferazzi, Albert Mazza, Daniel Pereira, Joanne and Edward Corr, Desma Oakes and Aaron Perry.

An honor guard will perform the traditional three-volley rifle salute to deceased military veterans, Raymond said.

People who wish to donate money to support Morin's recovery will be given a chance to do so at the event.

"To try and help him out," Raymond said.

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


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