Plea Deadline Coming For Woman Charged In Fatal Hampton Bike Crash

Dec 9, 2014

As Darriean Hess drove southbound over the Underwood bridge in Hampton, she veered over the median, striking four cyclists.
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

An unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with driving into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two of them, is facing a Friday deadline to let a judge know if she will enter a guilty plea.

Related: Click here to see a photo gallery of the aftermath of the crash.

Police said 20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was speeding and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the bicyclists in Hampton. Hess was stopped for speeding in the same area hours earlier.

Hess, who faces trial next month, was in court Monday on a motion to suppress evidence. But after a hearing in the judge's chambers, prosecutor Patricia Conway said the case was close to being resolved.

Conway said if Hess doesn't submit notice of an intent to plead guilty by Friday, there will be no further negotiations regarding a plea deal.