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September 24, 2013

UPDATE: Seabrook woman faces charges in deaths of bicyclists

HAMPTON, N.H. - A Seabrook woman accused of slamming her car into bicyclists Saturday morning on a coastal bridge, killing two and injuring two others was arrested today and was brought to Hampton police for booking.

Twenty-year-old Darriean Hess is expected to be arraigned tomorrow at 11 a.m. Seabrook Circuit Court on two felony negligent homicide counts and two felony counts of second degree assault. Each charge is a Class B felony, carrying a maximum sentence of seven years in jail and fines up to $4,000.

Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, were killed in the accident. Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, of Essex, and Margo Heigh, 54, of Danvers, were both injured and transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation into what prompted Hess, who was traveling southbound, to cross the center line of the Neil R. Underwood Bridge that morning, continues. Police took blood tests and confiscated her cellphone as part of their investigation.

During a press conference outside the Hampton Police Department this afternoon, neither police Chief Jamie Sullivan or Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams would comment whether alcohol or texting while driving was involved.

Police say Hess was stopped on the same road eight hours before the crash and ticketed for driving without a license. Police allowed a friend to pick her up and drive her car away.

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