Seabrook driver indicted in September Hampton bicycle deaths
BRENTWOOD — A 19-year-old driver who allegedly struck and killed two Massachusetts cyclists and injured two others during an annual bicycling event in Hampton was indicted on two counts of manslaughter.
A grand jury returned eight charges against Darriean Hess of Seabrook in connection with the Sept. 21 wreck she allegedly caused during the Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century Ride.
Prosecutors said in the new indictments that Hess was under the influence of Fentanyl, Klonopin, Percocet and Benzodiazepines while she was behind the wheel of her friend’s 2002 Honda.
The manslaughter charges are each punishable by up to 15 to 30 years in state prison, prosecutors said.
Hess was driving southbound along Route 1A around 8:30 a.m. when she veered the car over the double yellow line crashing into a group of bicyclists, according to prosecutors.
Pamela Wells, 60, and Elise Bouchard, 52, both of Massachusetts, were killed.
Two other cyclists, Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, and Margo Heigh, 54, also of Massachusetts, were also injured.
The crash happened hours after Hess had been stopped by police on the same road and ticketed for speeding and driving without a license.
A grand jury also returned four counts of negligent homicide, which pose alternate theories of the collision, and two counts of second-degree assault.
Cindy Sheppard, who allegedly supplied her with the Fentanyl, has also been charged in the case.
Sheppard, 48, of Hampton has not yet been indicted in connection with the crash.
She is facing a variety of charges for allegedly selling drugs from her home roughly two-and-a-half months before the crash.
Prosecutors said at a bail hearing in September that Sheppard operated a “drug enterprise” from her home.
Hampton police said Sheppard had 7.3 grams of heroin in her home, along with four ounces of cocaine and small quantities of crack cocaine, oxycodone, diazepam, methylone and marijuana.Sheppard is asking a judge to throw out all evidence seized from her home in that case, claiming that a pair of search warrants used to raid her home failed to cite any evidence of her dealing drugs.
The search warrants have remained under seal by a judge. Police learned about her alleged drug business after monitoring phone records of another person, according to prosecutors.