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Driver crashes into bicyclists in Hampton, killing two

HAMPTON - A young driver crossed into the northbound lane of Ocean Blvd. on Saturday morning striking four bicyclists participating in the Granite State Wheelmen's annual Tri-State Seacoast Century ride.

Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, Mass. and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, Mass. both died from their injuries. Wells had been transported to Exeter Hospital and Bouchard to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Bicyclists Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, of Essex, Mass. and Margo Heigh, 54, of Danvers, Mass. were both transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, the four cyclists were traveling north on Ocean Blvd. just starting over the bridge when a vehicle operated by Darriean Hess, 20, of Seabrook crossed over into the northbound lane and struck them.

Hess was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.

The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. at the Underwood Bridge spanning Hampton Harbor.

Hampton Fire and Rescue, North Hampton Fire and Rescue, the Seabrook Fire Department and the Rye Fire Department all assisted at the scene. The Seabrook Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police continue to investigate the accident.

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