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BumbleBeeDave
12-13-2014, 12:30 PM
She's gonna plead guilty. Now let's see what the sentence is.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20141212/NEWS/141219687

BBD

soulspinner
12-13-2014, 12:36 PM
Two man charges, wow...prosecution did their job, hope the judge is a cyclist and justice isnt blind this time...

Dead Man
12-13-2014, 12:38 PM
High on illicit 'scrip narcotics, no license, kills two, cripples two.... yea, she better damn well get some seriously life-altering time.

OtayBW
12-13-2014, 12:38 PM
Looks like she's going to get hit pretty good. Still makes me mad, though. I've ridden that ride several times, and it brings it close to home. Hope the families find some comfort in all this.

Peter P.
12-13-2014, 03:31 PM
Thanks for the update. Keep us informed at sentencing if you can.

oldpotatoe
12-14-2014, 06:48 AM
Two man charges, wow...prosecution did their job, hope the judge is a cyclist and justice isnt blind this time...

I hope justice is blind. It could be the judge has a thing for people on bikes and gives her a 6 month deferred sentence or something.

Use the book and throw it at her.

soulspinner
12-14-2014, 09:41 AM
If justice is blind, she will get a fair shake, if its not and the judge has sympathy for us cyclists, (not blind if he should favor us)...ah I just hope she is young enough to turn her own life around.....

Mark McM
12-15-2014, 11:13 AM
Even if she gets serious jail time, I wouldn't strike this up as a victory for cyclists. This particular incident is very different from most bike/car collisions. In most bike/car crashes, much of the evidence is the testimony of the cyclist and drivers - and in many cases, only one of them is still alive to testify.

In this case, there are many damning facts which are not in dispute, and there really is no argument about fault. Given the facts (no driver's license, positive tests for at least 3 illegal drugs, dozens of witnesses including a police officer), it doesn't matter whether she killed cyclists, pedestrians or other motorists, she's going to get a serious punishment.

flydhest
12-15-2014, 05:53 PM
This is just a tragedy all around. I cannot imagine what I would do if I lost my wife because of a driver like that. Or if one of my kids did something that irresponsible and I lost them to jail. Just awful. I hope there is a deterrent aspect to this for other drivers.

Ugh

Dead Man
12-15-2014, 06:06 PM
I don't think deterrence works all that well.... Especially not with kids. Unless you mean deterrence against re offense- by throwing the offender in prison so they CANT reoffend. I do believe in that, and it seems like a good measure in this instance. This was a pretty blatant disregard for rules and the lives of those around her... A slap on the wrist would likely result in her killing more people again in the near future.

unterhausen
12-15-2014, 08:28 PM
I don't know if this woman was naturally a sociopath, or if the drugs she was taking made her that way. The cops really should have taken the earlier incident that day more seriously.

drsmile
12-15-2014, 09:01 PM
Whoever gave her a prescription for fentanyl should be jailed as well.... or at least sued mercilessly!

oldpotatoe
12-16-2014, 06:14 AM
Whoever gave her a prescription for fentanyl should be jailed as well.... or at least sued mercilessly!

What makes you think it was by Rx? I had a friend die from 'perscription' drug OD, and none were from a Rx. BUT for her, could have been, but doubt it. She didn't seem smart enough to 'doctor shop'.

druptight
12-16-2014, 08:01 AM
Whoever gave her a prescription for fentanyl should be jailed as well.... or at least sued mercilessly!

Wasn't a script. If you go back and read more about this case, the woman who picked her up when she got nabbed for driving without a license earlier in the night was a known narco dealer.

According to prosecutors, Hess was under the influence of several drugs at the time of the crash and did not have a driverís license. Cindy Shepphard, 49, of Brentwood, N.H.,plead guilty to supplying the drug fentanyl to Hess hours before the fatal crash, and is currently serving a three-to-six-year sentence.

Source: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/12/12/woman-accused-killing-two-mass-cyclists-will-plead-guilty/LVLfinWzFplVm76qsNXI3M/story.html

I almost rode this ride that day - so I've been following this whole horrifying ordeal. I can't imagine a way they give her less than the minimum sentence for one of the manslaughter charges. The family is quoted as saying that they'd be happy with the sentence if the deal she took is the one they were told was being offered.

cp43
12-16-2014, 09:31 AM
I don't know if this woman was naturally a sociopath, or if the drugs she was taking made her that way. The cops really should have taken the earlier incident that day more seriously.

I think that it wasn't a matter of how seriously the police took it, it was a matter of what they were legally allowed to do about it. Prior to this incident, driving without a license was not an arrestable offense. So, the police didn't have the option of doing anything other than letting someone else drive her away. The last paragraph of the article indicates that they have changed that law, and police are now able to arrest someone driving without a license.

Chris

Dead Man
12-16-2014, 10:51 AM
I think that it wasn't a matter of how seriously the police took it, it was a matter of what they were legally allowed to do about it. Prior to this incident, driving without a license was not an arrestable offense. So, the police didn't have the option of doing anything other than letting someone else drive her away. The last paragraph of the article indicates that they have changed that law, and police are now able to arrest someone driving without a license.

Chris

I don't know for a fact, but based on how it generally works elsewhere, I strongly suspect the officer could have impounded her vehicle. apparently chose to take pity and allow someone to come get her vehicle- which put her right back behind the wheel probably within minutes of leaving the scene.

I try not to MMQB, but I don't think its a stretch to think an officer could have been swayed by a manipulative 20 year old girl with a sob story, especially if she had herself all prettied up. It happens.

OtayBW
12-16-2014, 01:30 PM
I don't know for a fact, but based on how it generally works elsewhere, I strongly suspect the officer could have impounded her vehicle. apparently chose to take pity and allow someone to come get her vehicle- which put her right back behind the wheel probably within minutes of leaving the scene.

I try not to MMQB, but I don't think its a stretch to think an officer could have been swayed by a manipulative 20 year old girl with a sob story, especially if she had herself all prettied up. It happens.
1. I remember seeing the pics of her at the time of the (2nd, and lethal) accident. She did not look too pretty at that time.
2. MMQB? Nevermind.

soulspinner
12-17-2014, 12:17 PM
The police could have impounded the car, the owner let a person take it without a license. Or did I miss that part....never mind, just caught up on the thread...

BumbleBeeDave
12-17-2014, 05:14 PM
. . . this is her cop mug shot right after it happened.

BBD