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Teen Allegedly on 4 Drugs During Crash That Killed 2 North Shore Women

Darriean Hess, 19, has been indicted on eight charges — including negligent homicide — and the indictments claim Hess was under the influence.

Darriean Hess, 19, of Seabrook, N.H.
Darriean Hess, 19, of Seabrook, N.H.
The unlicensed Seabrook, N.H. teen driver who was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed two cyclists in September has been by indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury on eight charges.

Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, were killed during the crash, while Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, of Essex, and Margo Heigh, 54, of Danvers, were injured.

Darriean Hess, 19, was indicted on two counts of negligent homicide, two counts of negligent homicide driving while intoxicated, two counts of manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault.

Hess has claimed the crash occurred after she took her eyes off the road while traveling over Hampton's Neil R. Underwood Bridge at a high speed on Sept. 21. 

The indictments claim she was under the influence of fentanyl, klonopin, percocet and benzodiazepines when her vehicle collided with the four cyclists.

Two other individuals have also been charged in connection to the crash, Hess' fiancé Scott Martin and Cindy Sheppard, a woman police claim is a Hampton Beach drug dealer. Sheppard is accused of giving Hess fentanyl before the Sept. 21 crash.


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Kathleen December 18, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Terrible tragedy that could have been avoided had she not been allowed to be released to the 'known drug dealer' hours earlier. There needs to be stiffer penalties for driving without a license. First off, the vehicle should be impounded immediately. Makes no sense that you can have a valid license, but if your vehicle isn't insured or properly registered it is immediately towed. Yet you can drive a registered vehicle but not be dutifully licensed. Seems to me the emphasis in this state is on the registration fees the state is collecting as well as the exorbitant rates the insurance companies are charging and NOT on the safety of it's citizens...SAD. My continued prayers to the families of the victims especially over the holiday season.
Rusty J Cell December 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM
One dealer down! Who gave her the other 3 drugs? Why not throw all of them in one jail cell? Is she still out on bail? 4 families, including 2 young children, are grieving this holiday season. Where is Darriean Hess ? When is she due in court again?

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