A longtime Haverhill resident was among seven motorcyclists killed by a truck on a rural New Hampshire highway last week, according to the man's family.
Albert Mazza Jr., 59, lived in Lee, New Hampshire, at the the time of his death, but his childhood and most of his life was spent in Haverhill, his uncle Joseph Mazza said.
The younger Mazza worked his way through Haverhill public schools, graduated from Haverhill High and joined the Marines, during which time he attended boot camp at Parris Island. He eventually started his own roof repair business.
His father, Albert Mazza, said riding and racing motorcycles, snowmobiles and 4-wheelers was a tradition passed down from father to son.
"Hew grew up with that. I bought him his first dirt bike at 10 or 12 years old," the victim's father said. "He's kind of always been around them."
The senior Mazza said he had not seen his son in 20 years, since he moved to North Carolina and their lives diverged.
His granddaughter called over the weekend about the motorcycle accident, he said. She explained that her dad died after being taken to a hospital after the crash last Friday.
In a press conference, New Hampshire State Police identified Mazza and the others killed in the crash on Route 2 in Randolph. All were either members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club or supporters of it, officials said.
Investigators have identified the driver of the pickup truck as 23-year-old Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, an employee of a Springfield, Massachusetts-area transportation company. At the time of the crash, the pickup truck was pulling a trailer, police said.
Zhukovskyy was taken into police custody on a fugitive from justice charge Monday morning, a statement from investigators said. They said the charge is based on an arrest warrant charging Zhukovskyy with seven counts of negligent homicide.
Besides Mazza, those killed were identified by police as Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island; Joanne and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts; Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord; and Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, New Hampshire.
The state medical examiner determined each victim died of blunt trauma.
An online fundraising page started by a member of the club said the victims were riding to a charity event at the local American Legion in Gorham. The page garnered attention from 6,500 people in two days — with a growing collection of $326,000.
New Hampshire State Police Col. Chris Wagner called the crash “one of the worst tragic incidents” investigated in New Hampshire.
Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation.