Report: Mainer was among victims in motorcycle crash that killed seven

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At Iron Tails in Acton, Maine, they had a moment of silence and passed the hat in support of the seven motorcyclists killed in Northern New Hampshire on Friday.

At Harley Davidson in Rochester, where they had a Blessing of the Bikes event, a somber crowd tried to make sense of the enormity of the tragedy.

And on a Go Fund Me Page begun just 19 hours ago as of this posting, nearly $150,000 had already been raised to help the families of the motorcyclists, who were on an outing of the Jarheads MC, a motorcycle club of ex-Marines.

The ripples of grief reverberating throughout the state and entire nation continued to play out on Saturday, a day after seven motorcyclists died when they collided with a pickup truck hauling a trailer in Randolph.

Safety officials remained tight-lipped regarding what caused such carnage, said by safety officials to be the worst accident involving a group of motorcycles the state has ever seen.

A Jarhead MC Go Fund Me page confirmed that five patch members and two supporters had died in the crash. WGME-TV of Portland reported on Saturday that one of the victims was a Mainer, though no hometown was given.

The group had just left their Randolph motel and were en route to the Gorham American Legion for a meat bingo and charity event when the accident occurred on Route 2 around 6:30 p.m.

Officials identified the pickup driver as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, an employee of a Springfield, Mass., company called Westfield Transport.

He was unhurt.

The three who survived the crash included two who were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and one who was Medflighted to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

The Go Fund Me Page said the "Jarheads Motorcycle Club is a club consisting of active duty or honorably discharged Marines and FMF Corpsmen. We ride and serve veterans and veteran families in our committees, with chapters in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine."

The club's Facebook page on Saturday thanked the public for its support.

"Thank you all for your kind messages and support. This tragedy marks the beginning of a very trying time for our club, friends, and family. We will not be releasing names out of respect for those have have passed and their families. Your support through what is sure to be a very long grieving process is very much appreciated. Semper Fidelis, Till Val Halla."

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