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Man acquitted in deaths of 7 motorcyclists

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A jury has acquitted a commercial truck driver of causing the 2019 deaths of seven motorcyclists in a collision in northern New Hampshire. Twenty-six-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Massachusetts, had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, and other charges. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning the verdict. The seven who died were part of a Marines motorcycle club. During the trial, prosecutors argued that Zhukovskyy, who had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine that day, repeatedly swerved back and forth before the head-on crash and told police he caused it. But a judge dismissed eight charges related to whether he was impaired, and his attorneys blamed the lead biker, Albert "Woody" Mazza, who was among those killed. In closing statements Tuesday, the two sides raised questions about who was more "all over the place": the trucker accused of swerving back and forth across the road or the eyewitnesses accused of contradicting each other.