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September 26, 2013

Seabrook teen held on $50,000 bail, charged with killing bicyclists

Police say deal occurred hours before the crash

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“These aren’t rich people,” Naro said, adding that such a high bail would essentially keep his client behind bars.

Also in the audience were at least two friends of Elise Bouchard who could be heard grumbling when Hess’ attorney tried to paint his client in a more favorable light.

Weaver sided with prosecutors and agreed to $50,000 cash or surety bail. She is due back in court Oct. 8 for probable cause hearing. Due to the seriousness of the charges, Hess is likely to indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury and face trial in superior court.

Outside the Seabrook courthouse, Hess’ sister, Cassandra Clifton, told almost a dozen reporters and cameramen that Darriean wanted to be home with her family but due to the high bail imposed by Weaver, Clifton was unsure if that would happen.

“We’re not doing well at all,” Clifton said.

Also addressing the contingent of reporters outside the courthouse, Darriean’s older brother, Magnus Hess said the family was completely traumatized and they mourned for the victims of Saturday’s accident.

The investigation into what prompted Hess, who was traveling southbound, to cross the center line of the Neil R. Underwood Bridge around 8:30 a.m. and strike bicyclists traveling north continues. Earlier this week neither police Chief Jamie Sullivan or Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams would comment on whether alcohol or texting was involved but said the crash appears to have been the result of driver inattention and excessive speed.

Reams wouldn’t comment on how fast Hess was traveling other than to say that it was excessive and that witnesses were surprised by how fast she was driving. The county attorney said it was still unknown where Hess was going at the time of Saturday’s accident. As part of its investigation, police obtained a blood sample from Hess that is being examined for alcohol and other substances. They also confiscated her cellphone.

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