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Homicide indictment for Christmas Eve car accident that killed Brookline woman

NASHUA – Two men involved in separate fatal car crashes this winter have been indicted on negligent homicide charges.

Greg Cullen, 31, of 166 Badger Hill Road, Milford, was indicted by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury last month and charged with killing 30-year-old Brookline mother Katie Hamilton in front of the Brookline Safety Complex the day before Christmas, according to court documents. ...

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NASHUA – Two men involved in separate fatal car crashes this winter have been indicted on negligent homicide charges.

Greg Cullen, 31, of 166 Badger Hill Road, Milford, was indicted by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury last month and charged with killing 30-year-old Brookline mother Katie Hamilton in front of the Brookline Safety Complex the day before Christmas, according to court documents.

Cullen was distracted by his cell phone and rear ended Hamilton’s car, pushing it into oncoming traffic, according to the indictment.

The grand jury also indicted Nghia Huynh, 37, of 340 Main Dunstable Road, Nashua, on negligent homicide and drunken driving charges after a Feb. 21 crash on the F.E. Everett Turnpike that killed Huynh’s 14-year-old son, Kobe Huynh, according to court documents.

The indictments, part of the 107 charges handed down by the grand jury last month, are not a finding of guilt. They are the grand jury’s determination that prosecutors have enough evidence to move the case forward at the superior court level. A full list of the indictments is available at nashuatelegraph.com.

State Police investigated the Dec. 24 crash in Brookline that killed Hamilton, whose father, Steve Whitcomb, is a longtime firefighter in the town and was among the rescuers who responded to the scene.

Cullen was driving a 2009 Toyota pickup truck on Route 13 when he hit Hamilton’s vehicle from behind. Hamilton’s SUV was pushed into oncoming traffic and was hit by a Ford F250 truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Brookline Police Chief William Quigley said after the crash that police had ruled out speed or impairment leading to the crash but were investigating whether Cullen was using his phone or was otherwise distracted.

Hamilton, a mother of three young girls, lived with her husband, Liam, on Bond Street and was a regular presence around the fire department.

The felony negligent homicide charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, according to court documents.

Nghia Huynh was arrested following a crash on the F.E. Everett Turnpike on Feb. 21. He’s charged with being drunk when his Mitsubishi 3000 GT hit the center median and rolled over into the northbound lane. An oncoming car hit the Mitsubishi and was then hit by another vehicle, police said. Kobe Huynh, a seventh-grader, was a passenger in car and was killed in the collision.

The driver of the third car involved in the crash, Patricia Poliquin, was taken to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester to be treated for what the indictments described as serious injuries.

Nghia is charged with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to court documents.

The grand jury also indicted two men from Nashua and Litchfield charged with botching a drug robbery that nearly killed one of them.

Litchfield police arrested Johnathan Mandravelis, 24, of 105 Pinecrest Road, Litchfield two weeks after finding him collapsed and bleeding on Wood Hawk Way, about half a mile away from where he was stabbed, police said.

Mandravelis is charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to armed robbery, along with Jeremy McCabe, 27, of Nashua, after the March 16 incident on Mallard Way in Litchfield, according to court documents.

Police said Mandravelis and McCabe set up a meeting to sell drugs to a third man but planned to rob him instead. Mandrevelis, while in the front seat of a car, pulled out a knife and McCabe began choking the man from the back seat. The victim was able to wrestle the knife away from Mandrevelis and stabbed him in the arms at least twice before escaping, Police Chief Joseph O’Brion said.

Police used video footage from dash-mounted cruiser cameras to identify a number of witnesses who had gathered but later dispersed after police and ambulance crews arrived at the spot where Mandravelis eventually collapsed. They also spotted McCabe at the scene, O’Brion said.

McCabe also is facing a felony second-degree assault charge, according to court records.

One of two people charged in April with making methamphetamine was indicted last month. Rachelle Bourassa, 37, of 1 Burns Hill Road, Hudson, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamines, which is a special felony punishable by 15-30 years in prison, according to court documents.

Local police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Stephen Briere’s apartment on Lake Street in Nashua on April 24. After men wearing helmets and camouflage uniforms searched the apartment, they posted a sign on the door of the building warning they had found a “clandestine laboratory” for making drugs.

Briere, 37, already had been arrested when police searched his apartment. He admitted making the drugs, according to Nashua police Lt. David Bailey, and led them to Bourassa’s apartment. There, police said they found sulfuric acid and light petroleum distillates, more ingredients used to make methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Briere was not among the people indicted last month.

Eric Cousens, 44, of Merrimack, is already facing charges he gave cocaine to a young child and then sexually assaulted the child in April 2013. Now he also has been indicted on a felony bail jumping charge after police said he fled to West Palm Beach, Fla., instead of showing up at his May trial in Nashua, according to court records.

Cousens is charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault in the April 2013 incident. After Cousens didn’t show up for his trial in May, police were alerted he may be near Palm Beach. U.S. Marshals there investigated and said they heard he may have fled the country, but they were able to find him at a hotel near Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, police said. Marshals broke into the room when Cousens refused to come out, police said.

The bail jumping charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to court records.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).