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Driver charged with hitting cyclists in Hampton waives hearing


HAMPTON – The woman charged with driving into a group of bicyclists and killing two Massachusetts women waived a hearing that would allow her to hear evidence that police have compiled against her.

Darriean Hess, 19, of Seabrook, waived her probable cause hearing in 10th Circuit Court, Seabrook District Division, on two counts of negligent homicide. She remains free on $50,000 surety bail.

Hess's case will now be handed over to county prosecutors who could seek indictments against her in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Police said Hess veered a 2002 Honda into a group of bicyclists participating in the Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century Ride on Sept. 21.  The crash happened just hours after Hampton police ticketed her for speeding and driving without a license.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, already facing charges in superior court of selling drugs, was charged with providing Hess the painkiller Fentanyl.

But investigators have yet to say whether the drug was in Hess's system at the time of the crash.

She remains held on bail on the two cases pending against her.
Sheppard's lawyer said Tuesday he has no immediate plans to request lower bail for his client, but he might ask a judge to free his client once more details about the case comes to light.

"It's a distinct possibility," Defense lawyer Neil Reardon said. "She's a double amputee and does have some medical issues.

It's unclear if Sheppard will face other charges in connection with the case. Police said that Hess was released to Sheppard after she was pulled over for speeding. Sheppard also took control of the vehicle - a 2002 Honda Civic belonging to a friend of Hess, police said.

Hess got back behind the wheel in the same car around 8:30 a.m. and drove southbound on Route 1A at a high rate of speed when she drifted over the double yellow line and crashed.

Pamela Wells, 60, and Elise Bouchard, 52, both of Massachusetts, died while participating in the Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century Ride on Sept. 21.

Two other injured bicyclists were Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, and Margo Heigh, 54, also of Massachusetts.

Police have also summonsed the person who owned the Honda, Scott Martin, 19, of Seabrook. Martin was charged with a violation-level offense for allowing Hess to drive the 2002 Honda sometime after midnight, knowing she had no license to drive.

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