Unlicensed, intoxicated driver who killed 2 cyclists during bike ride gets 15 to 40 years

An unlicensed, intoxicated New Hampshire driver charged with killing two Massachusetts cyclists has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook pleaded Monday to two counts of manslaughter and second-degree assault. She answered brief questions from the judge, and mostly looked down at a table as relatives made emotional statements about their loved ones. Some said they hoped for a longer sentence while others implored her to learn from her mistakes.

Police say Hess was ticketed for speeding eight hours before the 2013 crash that killed 60-year-old Pamela Wells and 52-year-old Elise Bouchard. They say Hess was under the influence of drugs when she ran into the cyclists in Hampton just after the start of the Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride.