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Pelham accident results in second-degree assault and reckless conduct convictions

Cody Eller, a 20-year-old resident of Windham, was convicted by a jury on charges of second-degree assault and reckless conduct last week, according to the Eagle-Tribune. Eller was found not guilty of a harsher allegation, first-degree assault, in the case.

The trial followed a May 2011 accident that occurred in Pelham, New Hampshire, and involved both Eller, then a teenager, and a 47-year-old motorcyclist, William Hawksley.

Investigators said that in the early morning hours of May 13, around 4:30 a.m., Eller was driving a Ford Fusion on Windham Road when Hawksley tried to pass him on his Kawasaki bike as he headed to work. According to police, Eller accelerated his Ford in order to intentionally hit Hawksley and run him off the road.

Hawksley suffered a serious injury to his right leg in the incident and was hospitalized for an unspecified period of time.

After the accident, when Eller was released on bail, he expressed remorse to local news outlets.

"I am not a dangerous man," Eller told WMUR-9, an area news channel. "I did not mean to do that. Just, my thoughts and my actions were not correct in what I did."

Eller's conviction means he could face up to seven years in prison and $8,000 in fines. However, had he faced sentencing for the first-degree assault charge, his jail term could have lasted 15 years.

If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, a New Hampshire criminal attorney may be able to help. Attorneys like those at Stephen C. Brown & Associates are experienced in defending individuals in court and can ensure you receive a fair trial.

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