Jan 26, 2015 7:34 PM
Seabrook woman sentenced after hitting, killing bicyclists
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY - A Seabrook woman was sentenced to 15-40 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts each of manslaughter and second-degree assault.
Darriean Hess, 20, did not speak at her sentencing hearing Monday other than stating "Yes" when asked if she was guilty of the charges she faced.
Those charges follow the deaths of Pamela Wells, 60, of Hamilton, MA and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, MA.
Family members of the victims spoke at Monday's hearing, recalling the terrifying phone calls they received after their loved ones were killed.
Prosecutors said Hess - who is unlicensed - was under the influence of Fentanyl, Klonopin and Percocet when she crashed into a group of cyclists on a Hampton bridge on Sept. 21, 2013. The cyclists were participating in the Tri-State Century Ride, a noncompetitive ride along the seacoast.
Two other women were also injured, and told the court of their injuries.
One family member also told the judge he was disappointed with the length of the sentence.
Hess had been ticketed for speeding earlier in the day before she struck the cyclists.