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    Remembering Victims of Deadly NH Boat Crash

    Family and friends are mourning the death of 7-year-old Kaillen Wickman, a Maine child who was killed along with her grandfather's girlfriend in a boat crash in New Hampshire.

    (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

    A boat operator has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to causing an accident that killed his 7-year-old granddaughter and his girlfriend on the Piscataqua River in Newington, New Hampshire.

    John Wickman, of Eliot, Maine, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of negligent homicide. He was sentenced to up to seven years in prison, but that has been suspended for 10 years if he gives up his right to operate a boat and performs community service.

    Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Ryan Ollis said Wickman became distracted on May 5, 2018, looking at his GPS, before striking a buoy. All four people aboard the boat were injured. One of his granddaughters, Kallin Wickman, and his girlfriend, Laurie Stewart, died from their injuries.

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