Boat crash kills one woman, injures two others

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A woman’s 37-foot Formula powerboat crashed onto DiamondIsland on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

The bow was demolished, and the accident critically injured the driver, Erica Blizzard of Laconia; her friend, Nicole Shinopules, of Burlington,Mass., and killed Stephanie Beaudoin of Meredith,N.H. The three friends, all 34, were heading for Shinopule’s home when the accident occurred, according to the report.

The women were on their way back from playing a practical joke on Blizzard’s father for Father’s Day, pasting up signs with her father’s head superimposed on pictures of President George W. Bush all over his lawn on PendletonBeach, six miles northwest of the crash site. Though the investigation is pending, speed is an area of inquiry for the case, according to the report.

An experienced boater, Blizzard is an executive at her father’s marina in Laconia and president of the New Hampshire Recreational Boaters Association. She testified earlier this year against proposed speed limits on the lake where some landowners and summer residents complain about the noise and danger of speeding boats. Legislators approved a daytime limit of 45 mph and a nighttime limit of 25 mph for two years beginning January 2009. New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is still reviewing the proposal.

The boat was taken by barge and then trailer to a marine patrol facility where investigators will gather clues to determine the cause of the accident, according to the report.

— Elizabeth Ellis