Mass. couple killed in Marine motorcycle club crash to be laid to rest
By SCOTT J. CROTEAU | MassLive.com | Published: June 27, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Tribune News Service) — She was a longtime registered nurse. A strong-minded, outgoing woman ready for new adventures.
He was a former U.S. Marine who worked for years as a mechanic.
For 36-years Jo-Ann and Edward Corr shared their love together after they were married. On June 21, while riding on a motorcycle in New Hampshire, they spent their last moment together.
The Massachusetts couple was among seven people killed when authorities say a 23-year-old driver from West Springfield crashed into a group of motorcycle riders on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire.
The couple, both 58 and from Lakeville, Massachusetts, were born in different parts of the country, according to their obituaries. Jo-Ann was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Edward was born in St. Helens, Oregon.
They both had birthdays earlier this year. Hers was in May. His in April.
Edward was a member of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club and was riding with them when the horrific events unfolded Friday night.
Jo-Ann was riding on the back of his motorcycle when the crash occurred. They both died in the crash along with other members of the Jarheads MC.
The couple both graduated from Brockton High School in 1979, their obituaries said.
“He immediately enlisted in the United States Marines as a Motor T Mechanic,” the family wrote.
Jo-Ann went off to college.
“She furthered her studies at Bristol Community College where she received her associate’s degree in nursing,” her obituary reads.
For years, Jo-Ann worked as a registered nurse. She recently retired from working as a hospice nurse with HopeHealth.
“Jo-Ann loved to work in her garden, bake and spend time with her family,” her obituary said. “She enjoyed working with her SeneGence ladies on the newest skincare and lip products. Jo-Ann was a strong-minded, outgoing woman and loved to explore new adventures.”
Edward eventually became a mechanic for Spillane’s Nursery in Middleborough.
“He enjoyed spending time with family being the handyman everyone counted on,” his obituary said. “Edward was a man of few words put plenty of heart.”
They are survived by their children, Nicholas E. Corr and Alycia Maregni, their grandchildren, their siblings.
As family, friends and members of the motorcycle club mourn the loss of the seven riders, the 23-year-old Massachusetts man facing seven counts of negligent homicide remains held in a correctional facility.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was arrested by Massachusetts State Police troopers Monday as a fugitive from justice after New Hampshire authorities received a warrant charging him with killing the seven motorcycle riders.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and his case continues in court.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has filed a detainer against Zhukovskyy, which means he could be deported.
Zhukovskyy’s father told The Boston Herald that his son recently secured a U.S. green card. They are from Ukraine, said the father, who is also named Volodymyr Zhukovskyy.
Zhukovskyy worked as a truck driver for a company out of West Springfield that has a history of violations. Zhukovskyy, who had a license to drive commercial vehicles, also has a driving record littered with violations and suspensions.
His record shows that Mass. RMV officials suspended his license on June 24 after deeming him an “immediate threat.” It was the second time Zhukovskyy received that designation from the RMV.
Years earlier, in 2013, Zhukovskyy was arrested on a driving under the influence charge. His license was suspended until 2017, records show.
But Zhukovskyy was also arrested in Connecticut in May on a driving under the influence of charge. As the head of the Mass. RMV, Erin Deveney, resigned this week because of the fatal N.H. crash officials said Zhukovskyy’s commercial driver’s license should have been immediately revoked.
The protocol called for the Connecticut Department of Transportation to notify Massachusetts transportation within seven days for the suspension of his license.
Information of his arrest was shared on May 29 - 18 days after his arrest - and did not contain sufficient information to automatically trigger a license suspension, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said but did generate a notification for a manual review.
More than a month after the Connecticut arrest, the review was not performed by the Mass. RMV. Zhukovskyy was involved in at least two crashes in that time frame including the deadly N.H. crash.
Authorities in Texas said Zhukovskyy was driving a Mack truck car hauler in Baytown, Texas on June 3 when the vehicle rolled on a highway.
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