Charges for Darriean Hess, 20, of Seabrook, will likely be announced for the first time during the press conference, which according to Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams will be held at 4 p.m. outside the Hampton police station. Several media outlets are reporting that she was just brought in to the Hampton Police Station for booking.
Deputy Police Chief Rich Sawyer declined comment in advance of the press conference, stating that Chief Jamie Sullivan will release information about the case during the press conference.
Hess, who doesn't have a license, was pulled over after doing 59 in a 30-mph zone while crossing north over the bridge at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, less than eight hours before police say she caused the collision that killed two cyclists and injured two others.
Sawyer previously told Patch that Hess' vehicle "veered over into the northbound lane" for unknown reasons, struck the cyclists and "road along" various structures, curbing and sidewalk on the bridge "for a distance" before it "popped back onto the road," "crossed back over" into the southbound lane, and "hit several road signs."
The vehicle came to a stop after it "decimated" the "Welcome to Seabrook Beach" sign, according to Sawyer.
Hess voluntarily submitted to alcohol and drug testing following the crash, and Sawyer said Monday that his department was still waiting on the results of those screenings.
The department was also looking into the possibility that Hess may have been distracted behind the wheel, whether due to the use of a cell phone or for other reasons.
"We're investigating all possibilities, [including] the possibility that she may have been on the phone," said Sawyer on Monday.
More to come.