Unlicensed driver pulled over for speeding just hours before deadly crash

A 20-year-old N.H. woman struck and killed two cyclists hours after getting pulled over for speeding on Saturday. (Metro file photo)
A 20-year-old New Hampshire woman struck and killed two bicyclists hours after getting pulled over for speeding on Saturday. Credit: Metro

The 20-year-0ld driver who slammed into a group of cyclists, killing two Massachusetts women, was an unlicensed driver who had been pulled over for speeding just hours before the deadly accident.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles, Darieann Hess of Seabrook, N.H., who has not been charged in the accident, was not a licensed driver.

Hampton Deputy Police Chief Richard Sawyer told the Union Leader that Hess was speeding at 59 mph in a 30 mph zone at 12:45 a.m. Saturday while driving over the Neil R. Underwood Bridge, the Union Leader reported. She was issued a must-appear court summons by police for the speeding violation, as well as driving without a valid license.

Just eight hours later, Hess struck four bicyclists participating in the 40th annual Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride in Hampton. Two of the bicyclists, Pam Wells and Elise Bouchard, died in the accident. The other two riders suffered severe injuries.

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