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Teen Driver Who Caused Fatal Crash Out on Bail

Darriean Hess, 19, of Seabrook, will be under strict house arrest now that her $50,000 bail has been posted.

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]

[Story posted at 12:14 p.m. Updated at 12:38 p.m.]


Darriean Hess, the 19-year-old unlicensed Seabrook driver charged with causing Saturday's fatal crash on the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge, has been released on bail, according to WMUR.

Hess was held on $50,000 bail at the Rockingham County House of Corrections following her arraignment Wednesday on two Class B felony counts of negligent homicide and two Class B felony counts of second-degree assault. 

Hampton police, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, and corrections officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment Friday.

In total, three individuals, including an alleged drug dealer and Hess' fiance, have been charged in connection to Saturday's fatal crash, which occurred not long after Hess was stopped for speeding, ordered not to drive, given a narcotic painkiller and got back behind the wheel.

Hess allegedly told a retired state trooper at the scene that she took her "eyes off the road for a few seconds" while traveling at a high speed across the bridge around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Hess struck a group of cyclists riding in the opposite direction over the bridge, killing two and injuring two others.

Alleged drug dealer Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton, and Scott Martin, 19, of Seabrook, are also facing charges for various actions that police say contributed to the conditions that caused the crash.

Blood tests for Hess were still pending Thursday, and police haven't yet released information about whether Hess was impaired or distracted during the fatal crash. 

The state has attempted to make a case that Hess is a flight risk and danger to the community, although bail was set during Wednesday's arraignment and Hess was ordered to remain under full house arrest if her family were able to post it.

Tony Naro, Hess' attorney, said in court that Hess isn't a flight risk because she has "no criminal record whatsoever" and because she didn't leave the area after Saturday's crash, even though she wasn't actually arrested or charged until Tuesday.

"Her family — her core — is here in Seabrook," said Naro. "There's no reason to think she's a flight risk... My client wouldn't be able to leave this state as it is [due to the cost to do so].

"She’s been absolutely grief stricken... She's not somebody that would be a flight risk. She's not somebody that would get behind the wheel of a car anytime soon — if ever. She’s absolutely traumatized. I think that answers the question of whether she's of risk to community."

Hess is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8 in Hampton District Court.


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Bandofotters September 27, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I'm surprised that the defense didn't argue that she was not a flight risk because she didn't have a drivers license.
Sherri Bishop September 27, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Terrible... Absolutely terrible.
lawrencius fine September 27, 2013 at 01:18 PM
This lawyer's a piece of work: (1) "My client wouldn't be able to leave this state as it is [due to the cost to do so]." But they were able to pony up the bail pretty quick though, weren't they. (2) "She's not somebody that would get behind the wheel of a car anytime soon — if ever.. because she's too traumatized". Really?
Dicky Wood September 27, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I fear her lawyer will be wrong and this will be the last we see of her.
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Probably drug money to make bail! This is a joke!
lawrencius fine September 27, 2013 at 02:53 PM
trying to remain calm and objective about these suspects, but this just makes my blood boil http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130927-NEWS-309270388
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 02:57 PM
The Hampton Police Chief should start taking a good look at his police officers! They are suppose to protect the innocent not drug dealers! It is a joke that Sheppard was allowed to even touch that care, no idenfication was shown, not equpped for handicap person and they admit to knowing she was a drug dealer. This story is startingt to STiNK!
lawrencius fine September 27, 2013 at 03:00 PM
oh, by the way, sister Cassie, REAL NICE job raising your sister. She's turned out to be the spitting image of you in oh so many ways.
Dicky Wood September 27, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I just want everyone to make sure save the lion's share of the blame for the girl that actually was driving the car when she killed the cyclists
Twinkle Toes September 27, 2013 at 07:51 PM
So you can drive without a license, purchase illegal drugs and then kill two innocent bike riders...and be allowed out on bail.... Something is really wrong here folks!!!
Tim Savage September 27, 2013 at 09:09 PM
CK- You don't have to be a vehicle owner to take control of a car. If she had a valid license, she can drive. How in the world do you blame the cops for what these two did? If he would have illegally arrested the girl people would have been blasting about "the corrupt cops who take advantage of teens and bust them for violations". The cops didn't let either of them out, the court did. She She- what? Is it illegal for people who the courts let out on bail to drive a car now? How can you Monday-morning quarterback a situation that you weren't there for. Or were you there, since you seem to know an awful lot about the situation. Your anger is directed at the wrong people. I don't know all of the circumstances surrounding this story, only what you hear in the news. But everyday more info comes out and people back pedal in there accusations. Why don't we wait to hear the whole story and place blame on the people who chose to drive and do/sell drugs before we crucify the guys that were actually doing their jobs that night.
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 09:26 PM
If I was a police officer and took one look at her when she came to get a car (not registered in her name) I would have asked to see her license and then made the judgement whether to let her take the car! That is not against the law, I see in done by police officers all the time. And the police dept. admitted they knew she was a drug dealer. Yes it may be Monday-morning quarterback but maybe, just maybe 2 women would be living today!
Tim Savage September 27, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Or maybe, instead of blaming the police, you focus on the fact that they did not give her drugs, they did not give her the keys, they did not tell her to drive the car again, they did not crash it... Why is it their fault. Hess drove! Why is this society so willing to lay blame on whomever fits their target. The source of the problem is the girl who drove. When I was a kid and broke something using a tool that I don't know how to use properly. He did not hold the people who put the warning on the tool accountable because I made the mistake. I screwed up... I got punished. I don't get your argument. I will end by simply stating that I do not agree with it at all. Call your legislator if you have a problem with the law, don't daemonize the people who have to enforce it.
Lorri September 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I agree Tim!
kawhite213 September 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Carol, I'm from Western Mass, so "not from there" and I agree with Tim...you have to blame the courts here. The cop was doing his job that night. The person at fault here is that careless 19 year old who was given a second chance with a ticket and blew it the next day by being the most irresponsible person she could be. It was HER decision to do drugs...HER decision to drive reckless and speed and "take her eyes off the road for a second" not the cops from the night before. You can't hold someone accountable for someone else's actions way after the fact. The cop did the job that needed to be done based on the situation that was presented at the time. The cop is not a future predictor. Otherwise all sorts of crimes would be prevented all over the world. Don't put the responsibility of 2 dead people on an officer doing their job the night before for something else. Put the blame on the irresponsible 19 year old who didn't care about anyone but herself.
Twinkle Toes September 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I read articles all week about this Hess girl and the most troublesome was her facebook postings about speeding with her fiance at well over 100 mph and saying if she was to crash and die she would be die happy!!! Some serious issues here!!! No regard for the law what so ever...I say lock her and all the rest of her buddies up.... Throw away the key!!!
SheShe September 28, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I agree with you Carol, and I too have said my peace and pray for the families who have lost their loved ones!
James Kelley September 30, 2013 at 06:54 AM
The cop who pulled her over the previous night should have impounded the vehicle and made the registered owner come get it, charging him with knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to operate it when he came to pick it up. She also could have been arrested for reckless driving or driving to endanger, because 59 in a 30 zone is beyond the pale.

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