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Nov 1, 2016 11:34 AM

Trial for NH teen accused of killing friend in drunken driving crash postponed

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WEARE — The trial of a Milford teen accused of killing his friend in a drunk driving incident on July 3, 2015, has been postponed until March 2017.

Benjamin Cook, 19, previously of New Boston, was scheduled to stand trial later this month in Manchester until a judge recently granted Cook's request to postpone the trial to give his new attorney additional time to prepare, according to The Concord Monitor.

Cook was previously represented by Tony Soltani of Epsom, but has recently been reassigned to a public defender. Soltani told the Monitor that the Cook family could no longer afford a private attorney, but that he is still watching the case from afar.

Police said Cook's truck was involved in a high-speed chase with a New Boston police officer who attempted to pull it over on Route 114. Police said the truck sped toward the Weare town line and eventually overturned resulting in the death of 17-year-old Trevor Gonyer of Dunbarton, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Cook was allegedly driving over 75 mph, with his headlights off, while intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was 0.12 percent, well over the legal limit for a driver under the age of 21, the Monitor reports.

Cook and the other passenger suffered serious injuries. A dog was also in the vehicle and was euthanized as a result of his injuries in the crash.

Cook faces charges including: negligent homicide, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving after license suspension. The charges stem from the crash on Route 114 in Weare that killed 17-year-old Trevor Gonyer of Dunbarton.

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