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Windham [NH] teen driver accused of deliberately hitting motorcyclist
Manchester Union Leader ^ | May 13, 2011 | Chelsey Pollock

Posted on 05/16/2011 4:28:39 AM PDT by whd23

PELHAM - “I wasn’t going to let him pass me.”

That’s what police say a Windham teen told officers at the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Pelham early Friday morning, where the 18-year-old is said to have intentionally crashed his car into a motorcyclist, causing serious injuries.

Cody Eller of 123 Lowell Road in Windham was arraigned in Derry District Court Friday morning on a felony charge of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of vehicular assault.

Police said Eller was driving south on Windham Road in Pelham around 4:30 a.m. Friday when he noticed a motorcyclist trying to pass him on the left, according to a police affidavit filed at Salem District Court.

William Hawksley, 45, of Brentwood, was identified by police as the driver of the Kawasaki ZX1400 motorcycle. Both were nearing the intersection of Tallant Road, according to the affidavit.

As Hawksley attempted to pass Eller’s Ford Fusion, Eller allegedly crossed into the northbound lane, nearly forcing the motorcycle off the road, said Pelham police prosecutor Dennis Mannion Friday morning.

Eller’s car then allegedly struck Hawksley on the right side, fracturing Hawksley’s leg in several places, said Mannion. Hawksley was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry where he awaited surgery Friday, he said.

Mannion said Eller told an officer at the scene that he intentionally steered his car toward Hawksley to prevent him from passing.

“Yes, he was passing me illegally,” Eller said, according to the affidavit.

Pelham police Lt. Gary Fisher said Friday that investigators believe Hawksley was in a legal passing zone at the time of the crash.

Mannion called the incident an extreme case of road rage.

“Obviously, that are acts of road rage from time to time, but this is the most serious I’ve seen in my career,” said Mannion. He has been in law enforcement for 16 years.

Mannion asked a Derry District Court judge Friday morning to set Eller’s bail at $5,000 cash, which was upheld. Before Friday, Mannion said Eller had no criminal record and only a single speeding ticket from 2010.

“We felt that the incident that took place this morning was serious enough that if he was released he would be a danger to public safety,” said Mannion.

Judge Kristin Spath chose not to grant Mannion’s request that the teen be barred from driving if released on bail.

“I’m hesitant at this point to adopt the state’s recommendation with respect to your not driving,” Spath told Eller during his arraignment. “Mostly, it’s in the hopes that you can be out looking for a job.”

Eller told the court he had recently lost his job and that he had been looking for work but had no luck.

If Eller makes bail and commits another driving violation, Spath said his bail could be revoked.

He is scheduled to appear in Salem District Court for a probable cause hearing May 23.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: motorcycle
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To: MortMan

That bike can jump from 40 to 100 fast enough to zap around the car and be back in his lane and decelerating inside 3 seconds. Unless he was passing while he was going through the intersection, and it didn’t sound like he was, there’s no reason he couldn’t have done so. I tend to make most of my two-lane passes like that, so I spend as little time as possible in the opposite lane; doing it that way also minimizes the time available to the passee to try to cut me off.

81 posted on 05/16/2011 10:44:01 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

I “late entered” the world of motorcycles at 29 so I see where you’re coming from. I try to ride a lot, to work, etc. to make up for my lack of experience. You’re right, far too many people buy too much bike, especially for a first bike. I’m glad I had sensible riding friends who steered me away from the supersport I was eyeing onto a beginner motorcycle for for my first bike.

Also, I love the lines of the ZX1400. I know someone who has one who rode from Colorodo to Pennsylvania for a weekend on a whim. He said it was smooth as glass the whole way.

82 posted on 05/17/2011 5:56:08 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Little Pig; jjm2111
It is unfortunate the man on the Kawasaki ZX-14 was unable to outaccelerate, outbrake, and/or outhandle the criminal nutjob in the Ford Fusion vehicle.
The only other situation I can imagine is there might have been an incredulous moment of "...Is this crazy kid going to ACTUALLY hit me with intent?..." and that tragic brief second was all it took.

83 posted on 05/17/2011 8:50:44 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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