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Driver Charged In Fatal Hampton Bike Crash To Plead Guilty

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Emily Corwin for NHPR
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The unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with plowing into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two Massachusetts women, is set to plead guilty.

Darriean Hess is scheduled to plead guilty Monday to two counts each of manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Police say the 20-year-old Seabrook woman was ticketed for speeding Sept. 21, 2013. Eight hours later, she was speeding on the same road and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the cyclists in Hampton.

The crash happened on a two-lane bridge just after the start of the Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride. Police say Hess was headed south and crossed into the northbound lane, killing 60-year-old Pamela Wells and 52-year-old Elise Bouchard. Two other riders were injured.

Hess also is charged with negligent homicide.

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