LACONIA, N.H. – Jurors in Laconia are set to begin hearing evidence of whether alcohol and negligence played a role in the 2008 Lake Winnepesaukee boat crash that left one woman dead and two others, including the pilot, seriously injured.

An attorney for 36-year-old Erica Blizzard maintains she was neither impaired nor driving recklessly when her 37-foot speedboat hit a ledge with enough force to rip open the bow. The accident killed Stephanie Beaudoin of Meredith and injured Nicole Shinopulos of Burlington, Mass.

The trial is scheduled to begin today.

The case is expected to fuel legislative debate over whether to extend a pilot program setting speed limits on Lake Winnepesaukee.


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