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September 25, 2013

Seabrook teen charged in fatal crash


As part of the investigation, police obtained a blood sample from Hess that is being examined for alcohol and other substances. They also confiscated her cellphone.

Heigh spoke with reporters briefly at her home on Otis Street in Danvers yesterday afternoon after Hess’ arrest was announced. Her face was bruised around her chin.

“I hope that justice will be served,” Heigh said. “That is what we all want so we can all heal.”

Despite the tragedy, Heigh expressed sympathy for the 19-year-old driver.

“I’m sad for her and her family but not as sad as I am for me and (my friends’) families,” she said.

Heigh described Wells and Bouchard as wonderful friends who trained for the ride together throughout the summer.

“We spent a lot of time cycling together,” she said.

Heigh did not elaborate on the accident or the extent of her injuries, but she was walking yesterday.

“I am obviously a miracle,” she said.

Less than eight hours before Saturday’s fatal accident, Hess was pulled over for speeding over the same bridge and told police she didn’t have a license, according to local police.

Hampton police confirmed that Hess, driving the same 2002 Honda Civic involved in the crash, was stopped on Ocean Boulevard at 12:45 a.m. Saturday after crossing the bridge at a high rate of speed. A Hampton police officer using a radar gun clocked Hess at 59 mph; the speed limit is 30 mph.

When asked to produce a license, she told police she didn’t have one. She was issued a summons for a speeding violation and for operating a motor vehicle without a license, and ordered to wait for a friend to drive her car away. Hess is due to appear at Hampton District Court in Seabrook on Oct. 23 to answer to those charges.

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