LANCASTER, NH (WGGB/WSHM) -- The West Springfield man accused of killing seven motocyclists last Friday is now being held without bail.

Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy is behind bars in the state of New Hampshire where the crash involving his pickup truck and flatbed trailer happened.

Zhukovskyy waived his right to an arraignment this morning and not guilty pleas were entered by his attorney to seven charges of negligent homicide - one for each motorcyclist who died.

It is the first time Zhukovskyy has been accused of homicide, but it's far from the first time he's had trouble on his driving record.

"He’s being held on a detention order at this point at the Coos County corrections," said Coos County, NH Attorney John McCormick.

However, McCormick is making it clear that letting Zhukovskyy walk after the crash wasn't a mistake.

"It was a complex situation and we wanted to make sure it was developed before we made any rash decisions and we wanted to make sure we had probable cause," McCormick added.

Zhukovskyy was arrested days later at his home in West Springfield.

Western Mass News looked Zhukovskyy's past and found that his driving record from the RMV showed his license was suspended in 2013 for 210 days on an underage OUI charge.

Records show Zhukovskyy's probation for the charge was extended through 2015. In that year, and in 2016, he had to complete driver's safety courses as a requirement from the RMV.

In December 2016, a violation of the National Driver Register, which tracks drivers who have been convicted of serious traffic violations, was reported in Ohio for Zhukovskyy.

The RMV record showed Zhukovskyy's license was reinstated in May of 2017 after a youth alcohol program suspension.

In February 2019, he was dinged for an improper lane violation in Iowa. That's the last record before the final suspension on Monday, June 24.

"It does look like he has quite a troubling history of suspensions for serious events for someone of his age," said attorney Joe Pacella.

Pacella, who is not representing, Zhukovskyy looked over his driving record, minus the DWI charge from last month in Connecticut which doesn't show up on the RMV documents.

Pacella said even without it, on the possibility of Zhukovskyy ever getting his license back, "Well, he could win the case. I cannot imagine that that his license is going to be coming back anytime this decade or the next."

Late Monday afternoon, ICE officials told Western Mass News that a detainer has been placed to take Zhukovskyy into custody at the end of his local criminal proceedings.  His court records show that he does have U.S. citizenship.

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