HAMILTON, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire woman accused of running down four bicyclists in Hampton last weekend, killing two of them, is free on $50,000 bail.
The Rockingham Department of Corrections said Friday 20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was released on bail by a relative Thursday night.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports
Hess is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and two counts of second degree assault in the September 21 crash that killed Pamela Wells of Hamilton and Elise Bouchard of Danvers.
Still stunned by the accident that took his wife, Wells’ husband said Friday he’s still coming to grips with what happened.
“I just keep wishing that somebody would slap me across the head and wake me up from this dream. It’s a nasty dream that I’ve been having, but I’m now getting reminded every day, the newspapers and the press. It’s gone viral. I’d kind of like to put it all to bed and move on with my family and just get things healed up and back together as best we can,” Tom Rogers told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
Rogers said Wells had prepared for the event all summer.
“The weekend before this ride she went 73 miles which is just amazing,” Rogers told WBZ-TV’s Michael Rosenfield. “And I was so proud of her.”
The mother of two worked as the controller for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, combining her skills in finance and love for music. She was also a pianist and a cook.
“And Friday night before the ride she cooked us this really amazing eggplant dish and had it all ready for me to throw in the oven and she’d be home at thre on Saturday,” said Rogers.
But just about one hour into the event, police say Hess crashed her car into four of the bicyclists, killing Wells and Elise Bouchard. Two others were injured. Police say Hess was speeding and did not have a license at the time of the crash.
Rogers says he hopes Hess gets the help she needs, and does not think jail is necessarily the best place for her.
“I’m just hoping when she gets done with whatever happens to her that she’s a better person for it,” said Rogers. “I know she’s not going to sleep at night.”
He says it does no good to be angry or vindictive.
“What good is it going to do? It’s not going to bring my wife back,” he said.
Pam’s co-workers at the Symphony will dedicate a spring concert in her memory. They will also dedicate a section of one of the Tanglewood gardens in her name.
Family friends have started a college fund for the couple’s two teenage children.
Donations can be made to:
The Alex and Elise Rogers College Fund
Salem Five Bank
2 Bay Road
S. Hamilton MA 01982
A memorial service for Pam Wells will be held Sunday, September 29, at 2 p.m. at the First Church on Arbor Street in Wenham.
WBZ-TV’s Michael Rosenfield contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWBZ4