cyclistsTwo Massachusetts cyclists were tragically killed during the 40th annual Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride on Saturday morning.

20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was driving her car when she crossed over the center lane and struck four cyclists, killing two. Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers were the two victims of the crash. The other two cyclists suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The annual ride is a two day even that takes place in parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine and ranges from 17 to 108 miles. This year there were about 1,500 cyclists who collectively road more than 100,000 miles.

Wells, Bouchard, and the other two cyclists had only ridden about 15 miles before they were struck by Hess’ car. Police are treating the incident as a criminal investigation and have the bicycles, Hess’ cell phone, and took a blood sample. No charges have been filed against Hess. If her phone records show any form of distracted driving at the time of the crash or drugs or alcohol show up in her blood test, criminal charges could be pressed

Pamela Wells leaves behind her husband and two children, ages 16 and 17. In the wake of this tragedy, it leaves a clear message that both cyclists and drivers need to respect one another when sharing the road. Cyclists need to obey the rules of the road and drivers need to respect the space of cyclists and not lose patience over sharing the road. This past year has seen a large number of tragic cyclist deaths, especially in Boston.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or died in a cycling accident due to the carelessness of another, please give me a call at: 508-660-8888 or visit us on the web at www.attorneyjimbrady.com.