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Scott Martin Headed to Trial in Hampton Fatal Crash Case

The third person charged in connection to the Sept. 21 fatal crash in Hampton has pleaded not guilty.

The fiancé of the unlicensed teen driver who struck and killed two cyclists last month will be headed to trial after pleading not guilty in Hampton District Court.

Scott Martin, 19, of Seabrook, was arraigned on a violation-level offense of allowing an improper person to operate a motor vehicle in connection to the Sept. 21 crash on Hampton's Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge.

Police allege Martin knowingly let Darriean Hess, 19, also of Seabrook, get back behind the wheel of his 2002 Honda hours after she was stopped for speeding near the bridge, even though he knew she didn't have a driver's license and even though police had ordered Hess not to drive.

Hess, whom police have said was on a strong prescription painkiller given to her by an alleged drug dealer, soon after caused the fatal crash.

Hampton District Court staff said Wednesday that a date has yet to be set for Martin's trial. 

Hess, 19, also of Seabrook, is facing charges of negligent homicide and second degree assault in connection with the incident. The alleged drug dealer, Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd., Apt. 5, in Hampton, has also been charged in connection to the incident.


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Kthompson812 October 24, 2013 at 08:45 AM
How can he plead "not guilty"? Did she steal the car? Can be charged for that? How can you be engaged to someone and the topic of not having a drivers license ever come up? Maybe someone can explain this to me because this makes no sense and will never fly in court. How about being a man and take responsibility for the fact that you contributed to the deaths of two innocent people by your blatant disregard for the law?
lawrencius fine October 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Maybe she DID tell him about the no license. But it could have been when, as she said on her facebook, they were driving down the highway going a buck 20. And he couldn't hear her because of the wind. She, too, should take responsibility.

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