For Immediate Release
March 9, 2012
Kevin O'Neill, Assistant Attorney General
The N.H. Supreme Court issued a decision today affirming the suspension of Erica Blizzard's boating privileges for three years. The sanction arose from a fatal, single boat accident in the early hours of the morning on June 15, 2008 when Ms. Blizzard, piloting her powerboat on Lake Winnipesaukee with poor visibility due to darkness and inclement weather, lost control of her boat and collided with an island, killing one passenger and seriously injuring herself and another. A jury convicted Ms. Blizzard of negligent homicide. Following her criminal conviction, the Department of Safety conducted an administrative hearing and suspended Ms. Blizzard's boating privileges for three years. On appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court, Ms. Blizzard challenged the constitutionality of the license suspension statute and the procedures employed by the Department in suspending her license. Assistant Attorney General Kevin O'Neill on behalf of the Attorney General argued that the sanction imposed by the Department of Safety was legal and appropriate. Assistant Attorney General O'Neill observed that "this is an example of the ongoing teamwork between our two departments in seeking to ensure the fair and appropriate enforcement of the boating safety statutes and regulations."
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