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Second Lawsuit Filed in Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists

The wife of one of the motorcyclists killed in the crash is suing the trucking company for negligently hiring the driver

A second lawsuit has been filed following a collision that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

Attorney Chuck Douglas said he filed the suit in Strafford County Superior Court against the trucking company that hired the driver charged in the crash.

Douglas is representing Mary Lou Welch, described in court papers as the common-law wife of Albert "Woody" Mazza Jr., of Lee, New Hampshire, who died in the June 21 crash in Randolph.

In the court papers, Welch described how the horrific crash unfolded.

"As we started to pull onto the road, we heard a big explosion and saw trees on fire and bikes all over the road," read a statement from Welch.

She explained that she and a friend raced back to the motel to have them call 99 and then returned to the scene.

"When I got back to the scene, I tired to run up to where I thought Woody would be and I saw a body trapped under the trailer and was trying to figure out if it was Woody or not. I will never forget what I saw and heard that day my husband was killed," she said.

The suit names Westfield Transport Inc., of West Springfield, Massachusetts. It says Westfield negligently hired Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, despite his troubled driving record. Zhukovskyy has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide.

A person who answered the phone at Westfield Transport last week did not identify himself and would only say the company no longer exists.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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