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Mar 12, 2016 2:23 PM

UPDATE: Witness in Weare crash has inconsistent stories

WEARE - A witness in a Weare drunken crash that ended in the death of a teenager gave police two different stories, according to a search affidavit.

In Benjamin Cook's first court hearing, prosecutors said he and passenger Aaron Hodgdon left a Manchester party and were on their way home with Ashley Holt when an argument erupted. Hold said they pulled over into Milwaukee Iron Works in New Boston and she called her boyfriend to pick her up. Cook's second passenger, Trevor Gonyer, of Dunbarton, joined the group at that time.

According to the Concord Monitor, in a Aug. 17 affidavit, Holt told Weare police shortly after the accident that she dropped all three off and had driven to her boyfriend's house.

However, five days after the accident, Hold said Gonyer had not been with the group originally and had pulled in as she was leaving and that Cook, of Milford, was in possession of the keys.

Holt's testimony is important because Cook's attorney, Tony Soltani, claims there is no evidence to show who was driving that night. The three teens were thrown from the car, and neither Cook nor Hodgdon can recall who was driving.

Cook, has been charged with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Police said a police officer pursued the vehicle after spotting a broken tail light. Cook allegedly took off, crossing into Weare and rolling the truck.

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