Gov. Baker to Speak About RMV Issues

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to speak Monday afternoon about the embattled Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the State House and will also include Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

Baker’s office has said only that the press conference will involve the RMV, but not specifically what they will discuss. The media availability comes a week after Registrar Erin Deveny announced her resignation in the wake of her office’s role in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

Vlodymyr Zhukovskyy, a 23-year-old from West Springfield, Massachusetts, is charged with seven counts of negligent homicide after allegedly crashing his pickup truck into a group of motorcyclists on June 21 in Randolph, New Hampshire. Seven people, many of them Marine veterans, were killed in the wreck.

Zhukovskyy has a lengthy record of incidents on the road. He was arrested on OUI charges in 2013 in Westfield, Massachusetts, and again last month in Connecticut, when he was allegedly found at a Walmart revving his truck engine and jumping around outside his vehicle.

The OUI arrest in May should have triggered the Massachusetts RMV to review Zhukovskyy’s account, and that review would have resulted in the license being taken away, Pollack has said. She also said Connecticut failed to provide the information that would have triggered an automatic review process, a charge Connecticut denies.

Some Massachusetts lawmakers called for an outside audit of the RMV following the fatal New Hampshire accident.

“That’s a pretty egregious oversight,” state Rep. David DeCoste told the Boston Herald. “My guess is it’s not the only thing they’re doing wrong.”

Former MassDOT Chief Operating Officer Jamey Tesler is currently serving as acting registrar. Pollack has promised that Tesler will lead an “in-depth review” of state-to-state data sharing processes at the registry.

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