Driver charged in cyclists' deaths released on bail; alleged dealer still behind bars
By JASON SCHREIBER Union Leader Correspondent
HAMPTON — The Seabrook teenager accused of killing two bicyclists and injuring two others in a bike run is free after posting bail Thursday night.
Darriean Hess, 19, was released from the Rockingham County jail after spending three days behind bars following her arrest this week on negligent homicide and second-degree assault charges.
Hess, who has no driver's license, was charged Tuesday in connection with the deadly accident a week ago on Route 1A in Hampton during the Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century Ride.
Judge Mark Weaver of the 10th Circuit District Court in Seabrook set bail at $50,000 cash or corporate surety bond.Jail Superintendent Stephen Church said Hess made bail around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
She is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Oct. 8.
According to police, Hess was traveling southbound on Route 1A at a high rate of speed when the 2002 Honda Civic she was driving crossed over the double yellow line and struck the bicyclists.
Pamela Wells, 60, and Elise Bouchard, 52, both of Massachusetts, were killed in the crash; Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, and Margo Heigh, 54, also of Massachusetts, were injured.
Meanwhile, a Hampton woman charged in connection with Hess remained held at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections.
Officials said Cindy Sheppard, 48, remained held Friday afternoon after her arrest Wednesday.
Sheppard is a suspected drug dealer accused of supplying the painkiller Fentanyl to Hess in the hours before the accident and allowing the unlicensed driver to get behind the wheel of the car used in the fatal crash.
At a hearing in the district court Thursday, Sheppard's bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety on charges of sale of a controlled drug and allowing an improper person to operate a motor vehicle. However, a superior court judge added another $25,000 cash bail at a separate hearing Thursday afternoon on charges related to Sheppard's June 4 arrest on seven counts of possession of a controlled drug.