Woman Convicted in Fatal Boating Crash Faces Texting While Driving Charge

Erica Blizzard was charged with driving 84 mph and almost running down a state trooper

A New Hampshire woman convicted of negligent homicide after a high-speed boat crash that killed her best friend in 2008 is back in court - this time charged with texting while driving.

Judicial officials confirm that 42-year-old Erica Blizzard of Laconia is scheduled for trial Jan. 25. She was ticketed for distracted driving on Sept. 16 and pleaded not guilty.

The day after a jury convicted her in the boat crash case, Blizzard was charged with driving 84 mph and almost running down a trooper when she was fumbling with her cellphone.

Blizzard, the former head of the New Hampshire Recreational Boaters Association, was sentenced to six months on the negligent homicide conviction.

Stephanie Beaudoin, 34, of Meredith, was killed when the speed boat hit a ledge in Lake Winnepesaukee.

The jury could not reach a verdict on a separate negligent homicide charge and a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated for the serious injuries caused to her passenger, Nicole Shinopulous of Burlington, Massachusetts. The women had reportedly spent the night enjoying cocktails and beer.

There's no defense lawyer listed in her latest court file. A phone listed in Blizzard's name isn't in service. Messages were left for her at work Monday.

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