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July 11. 2013 8:39PM

Trial date set for Hooksett man in boating fatality

BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been set for a Hooksett man charged with negligent homicide in a fatal boating accident last July.

Eric Cable, 33, of Hooksett is accused of piloting a boat while intoxicated and causing the death of Brendan Yerry, 28, of Hudson, who fell off the boat and died.

Cable is expected to go on trial the week of Dec. 16 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say that while Cable was driving the boat on the night of July 14, he allowed Yerry to ride on the gunwales or straddle the bow.

A grand jury indicted Cable in April on two counts of negligent homicide, along with a charge of driving under the influence of liquor or drugs. He also faces two violation-level boating offenses.

Yerry fell overboard and was struck by the boat when Cable turned into the wake of another boat, according to indictments.

Cable faces up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison on one of the negligent homicide charges for allegedly operating the boat while under the influence of alcohol, according to an indictment.

Divers from N.H. Fish and Game Department spent more than 12 hours searching for Yerry’s body. It was found the next morning in about 15 feet of water, 550 feet from the northeast shoreline, according to investigators.

Yerry was not wearing a life jacket when he went into the water around 7:40 p.m., according to the New Hampshire Marine Patrol.

Northwood Lake sits between Rockingham and Merrimack counties, spanning roughly 650 acres. Prosecutors say Cable was operating the boat in Northwood. Investigators could not say how fast Cable was driving the 18-foot motor boat.

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