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Rep. Says Fatal Crash Shows Laws Need Changing

A Hampton official wants to keep "threat[s] to the general public" like Darriean Hess off the streets after their first traffic infraction.

Darriean Hess, 19, of Seabrook, as shown in her booking photo. [Credit: Hampton Police Department]
Darriean Hess, 19, of Seabrook, as shown in her booking photo. [Credit: Hampton Police Department]

Hampton State Rep. Renny Cushing has told WMUR that he would like to see driving without a license made a misdemeanor offense instead of the traffic violation that it is, which he hopes will make New Hampshire roads safer in the wake of the Sept. 21 crash that killed two cyclists and injured two others.

Darriean Hess, the 19-year-old unlicensed Seabrook driver charged with causing that fatal crash on the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge, was recently released on $50,000 bail.

Hess was stopped for speeding and driving without a license less than eight hours before she caused the fatal crash, which occurred in the same area as her traffic stop. She was issued citations for the violations and ordered not to drive, although the friend that drove car away from the scene — Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton — allegedly gave Hess the keys to the vehicle and gave her a narcotic painkiller before allowing her to get back behind the wheel.

The fatal crash occurred roughly half an hour after the keys were allegedly returned to Hess. Sheppard — an alleged drug dealer — and Hess' fiance Scott Martin, 19, of Seabrook, have also been charged in connection to the crash.

WMUR has reported that Cushing said Hess would've been arrested after her traffic stop if driving without a license was a misdemeanor offense. Cushing also reportedly said anyone who operates a car "in a reckless manner... should be arrested and face a misdemeanor charge" because that reckless operation shows the individual in question is a "threat to the general public."



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eb50 September 28, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Sounds a lot like my post from yesterday. Sadly this well never be accepted.
Jim Martin September 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Jackie, what was meant was that the keys were given back to Hess 1/2 hour after she bought the drugs (and took) by Shepard. Reports say she bought drugs at 8am and Shepard gave the keys back to someone that she knew didnt have a drivers license. That was one of the charges against her
Jim Martin September 28, 2013 at 06:52 PM
"Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton — allegedly gave Hess the keys to the vehicle and gave her a narcotic painkiller before allowing her to get back behind the wheel." 'The fatal crash occurred roughly half an hour after the keys were allegedly returned to Hess.'....Maybe you should READ the article before calling the reporter an 'idiot' when in reality it makes you the idiot!
James Kelley September 28, 2013 at 09:33 PM
All this talk about the laws needing to be changed ignores the fact that the cop pulled her over for going twice the speed limit, with no license, at nearly one in the morning, and released both her and the vehicle to a known drug dealer who was under indictment and out on bail. The cops are just covering their asses with all this talk about their hands being tied by the law. The cop screwed the pooch and they don't want to admit it.
Denise Goudreault September 29, 2013 at 06:29 AM
The lawyers for the victims will expose everything.
sad September 29, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Live free or die "Hampton State Rep. Renny Cushing has (said) that he would like to see driving without a license made a misdemeanor" GREAT IDEA! "Cushing also reportedly said anyone who operates a car 'in a reckless manner... should be arrested and face a misdemeanor charge' because that reckless operation shows the individual in question is a "threat to the general public." ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As a general population our culture takes the RESPONSIBILITY of operating a vehicle on public thoroughfares much too lightly. Invincibility is an illusion coddled collectively by the auto industry and embraced by those seeking a thrill. Like gun control Cushing's intentions are doomed.
Media ishorrid September 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM
And one last comment. To all of you who think that we are not praying for the families of the tradegy are crazy. Darriean has never been so depressed she can hardly eat. She morns for the loss of those 2 people. Every night since the accident she has prayed for the families affected. Her fiance has tried to reach out to the families so darriean can talk to them. This tradegy is too much for anyone to handle let alone a 19 yr old girl and her family. As well as the families that were involved. We all feel the pain that everyone is going through.
Bandofotters September 29, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Definitely, if there were new laws this past sequence of events would not have happened but you can't change the past. With this new proposal, there is just an addition time delay before some scofflaw would be on the road again. Don't look to politicians for solutions. In the long run the unintended consequences will bury us.
Matt September 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM
"Every night since the accident she has prayed for the families affected. Her fiance has tried to reach out to the families so darriean can talk to them. " Guess how much that's worth! Hint, it's less than you might want to believe in that drug-addled brain of yours. If you weren't such an obvious, brain-damaged troll, someone would waste the bandwidth to point out how full of it you are.
Kthompson812 September 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM
The issue with the car was not the wrecked alignment, it was a lose nut holding the steering wheel.
Media ishorrid September 30, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Hey since youre so smart and mature i was just wondering how exactley is she a skank? She's engaged soon to be married and has stayed faithful to one person only for a very long time and even if she werent what exactley would her sex life have anything to do with this? You must be angry high school boys who don't get any haha...
Media ishorrid September 30, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Drug-addled brain of mine? I actually got a kick out of that i work a full time job that does random drug screening that i pass everytime otherwise i wouldnt have a job and i still have time for football and lacrosse so no i do not have time for drugs nor do i have a "drug addled brain" nice try though. You guys seem to be pretty good at spending a lot of time online bullying and harrassing people you don't know from a hole in the wall. Its extremely sad im sencing some self-esteem issues.
Media ishorrid September 30, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Oh and just a heads up everyone in here has the entire story ass backwards everything you think you know so far is wrong. Youre welcome.
sad September 30, 2013 at 08:34 AM
"reckless bikers"????? LOL
Media ishorrid September 30, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Fortunetly Miss Hess is mature enough to ignore the noise.
Kyle Stucker (Editor) September 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I respectfully ask that all of you try to refrain from expletives and inappropriate language in your responses. Also, I ask that all of you keep in mind that no one has been convicted in connection to the incident, and that regardless of the outcome of any court proceedings and investigations, they are still people and everyone makes mistakes.
Kthompson812 October 01, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Entire story is backward information? She was pulled over doing 59 in a 30 zone, driving a car while not having a license. She was given notice of her violations and had her drug dealing friend pick her up. Less than 9 hours later she was back in the same car, after buying drugs from friend, and proceeded to drive at a highe rate of speed, lose control of vehicle, strike and KILL two innocent bikers, seriously injure two others, and roll to a stop after crashing into Welcome to Seabrook sign (classic). Please tell us which part is backward? Tell us how she is the victim here?
Kthompson812 October 05, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Still waiting for "media_ishorrid" to explain which part of the story is backwards? I guess silence is very telling here.
Kthompson812 October 05, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Perhaps if I explain my "skank" label then Media ishorrid would then respond. According to the Meriam Webster dictionary: Skank - slang term: a person and especially a woman of low or sleazy character. Now consider the follow for examples of low/sleezy character: 1.) Facebook posts (since deleted) talking about speeding while suggesting drugs in car, pics posted of different trashy outfits highlighting bare stomach, slutty hair mods, tacky fishnets, and a poorly designed tattoo. 2.) Driving without a license. 3.) Driving twice the speed limit while not having a license. 4.) Calling a suspected drug dealer to come pick you up after being stopped by police for driving twice the speed limit with no license. 5.) Driving the same car eight hours after police cited you for driving without a license and forbid you to drive. 6.) Buying drugs from suspected drug dealing friend who picked you up (as claimed by suspected drug friend) a half hour before driving car police forbid you to drive eight hours prior. 7.) Driving car eight hours after police cited you for driving without a license, and a half hour after buying drugs allegedly, and losing control of car, KILLING two people, injuring two others. I believe I have presented enough justification to express that in my opinion, she is a skank. As a further gesture to media is horrid, let me offer the following, also taken from the Meriam Webster dictionary: 1.) Exactly - not exactley 2.) Tragedy - not tradegy 3.) Mourns - not morns 4.) Sensing - not sencing........So now tell me what part of the story do we have backwards?

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