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http://www.unionleader.com/article/2...110519957/1001

By CHELSEY POLLOCK
Union Leader Correspondent

Published May 13, 2011 at 10:08 am (Updated May 13, 2011)

“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.

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There are certain criminal offenses that I think caning should be added on top of any other sentence given. This is one of them.

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This young man should never ever be allowed to take the contols of a vehicle ever again.
If he can rationalise in his own mind the justification of hitting a human being with a car to prevent what he believed to be a traffic infringement just imagine how he will deal with lifes real challenges.
Can you imagine that mind dealing with a relationship or god forbid, children.
Prepare a cell for this young man, if he doesnt need it this time it wont be long.

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was arraigned in Derry District Court Friday morning on a felony charge of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of vehicular assault.

Excuse me, but I believe a motor vehicle, in this situation, has been used as a potentially lethal weapon. Let's up the ante to "attempted homicide." Calling what he did as a "misdemeanor charge of vehicular assault" is ludicrous.

With that said, let us not forget Sergeant Phil Esterhaus of the Hill Street Precinct advising everyone, "Let's be careful out there."

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There are certain criminal offenses that I think caning should be added on top of any other sentence given. This is one of them.
Your being to nice Denny. I say put him in full riding gear tie him to a bike and drag him for a little distance down the road at the same speed he was traveling. Maybe even twist the rope tight enough so it spins him over & over. Afterwards break his leg in multiple places. It's probably a good thing I'm not a judge cause that would be his sentence.

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There are certain criminal offenses that I think caning should be added on top of any other sentence given. This is one of them.
Big +1 on that! Good grief.

What is it with some "people" who think this way? (referring to the young driver) I simply don't get it. Ego, selfishness, and rationalization run amok?

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Re: File under WTF??..teen driver accused of deliberately hitting motorcyclist

I just happened across this thread and wondered what the out come was.

Cody Eller was convicted of 2nd Degree Assault and Reckless Conduct on 11/13/12. He faces up to 7 years in prison and up to $4000.00 in fines for each charge. Sentencing to be scheduled later. Why the hairy did it take a year and a half to bring this to trial?!?

I did not find any info on the sentencing. As of 2/2/13, Cody Eller is asking a judge to overturn the conviction due to prosecution not releasing info prior to the trial that the arresting officer had potential credibility problems. Eller's lawyer stated his clients rights were violated and that he did not understand the officer's questions at the scene because he has a learning disability and a diagnosed auditory processing disorder.

Here is a link to the story --> http://www.newhampshire.com/article/...09788/0/news05

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