April 11, 2021

Truck Owners Involved In NH Crash Charged By Feds

NTSB photo by Peter Knudson

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The owners of the Westfield Transport Inc. pickup involved in the crash that killed seven riders in New Hampshire in June 2019 have been indicted for falsifying driving logs, federal prosecutors announced today.

Dunyadar Gasanov, also known as Damien Gasanov, 36, was arrested this morning. He is charged with one count of falsification of records, one count of conspiracy to falsify record, and one count of making a false statement to investigators. He was scheduled for an initial court appearance at 12:30 p.m.

Dartanayan Gasanov, 35, is charged with one count of falsification of records and remains at large.

Jarheads MC trailer from GoFundMe page

The two men owned the now-closed trucking company in West Springfield, that employed Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the driver who allegedly struck the motorcyclists in Randolph, NH. Five of the seven riders were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club.

The truck owners are accused of falsifying driving logs between May 3, 2019 and June 23, 2019 in attempt to evade federal regulations designed for the safety of roadways and drivers. The accident happened on June 21, 2019.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy

Zhukovskyy was arrested within days of the crash and charged on multiple counts of negligent homicide. He has been in custody since then and is next slated to appear in court on May 3 for a pre-trial hearing.

According to the press release announcing the charges, “The charge of falsification of records provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million.

“The charge of conspiracy to falsify records provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of making a false statement to a federal investigator provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

“Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”

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