Families, friends on both sides of Hampton bicycle crash grieve
SEABROOK — A horrific accident that left two bicyclists dead and two others injured has devastated family and friends of the victims and the accused.
"Our entire family is completely traumatized and we mourn for the people that were lost in this tragedy. We also pray for the ones that were injured," Magnus Hess told reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday shortly after his sister, 19-year-old Darriean Hess, was arraigned on negligent homicide and second-degree assault charges.
She is accused of running down the four bicyclists with her friend's car on Route 1A in Hampton last Saturday.
Killed during the Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century Ride were Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, Mass., and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, Mass.
Gordon Wiley, whose wife, Pam, was a good friend of Bouchard's and used to bike with her, made the drive up from Danvers to attend Hess' arraignment Wednesday because he "wanted to make sure that she didn't get out."
"She should stay where she needs to be for now," he said.
"I didn't see any tears rolling out of her eyes while she was sitting there (in jail). She just wants to get out; that's what it looked like to me. Her family should suffer by having her in jail like we have to suffer without having our loved ones with us," Wiley said.
He said Bouchard was like a "sister" to his wife.
"She was just an unbelievable person to lose," he said.
Injured bicyclist Uwe Uhmeyer issued a statement from Portsmouth Regional Hospital Wednesday, saying he is "just happy to be alive."
"I am deeply grieved by the loss of two fellow cyclists... Elise Bouchard and I worked together and were friends for nine years," he wrote. "Pamela Wells, I met that morning. All of us were doing what we loved to do."
He added: "To all that hear my statement, please know whether you are driving a car, a motorcycle or a bicycle yo have a responsibility to maintain control and not jeopardize the safety of others."