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September 23, 2013

Two local women killed in bike ride

Car hits group cycling in Hampton Saturday morning

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Wells’ husband, Tom Rogers, said his wife was practicing for the ride all summer long with Bouchard and Heigh. The three were friends, he said.

Uhmeyer is Bouchard’s boss.

Wells started cycling a few years ago; this would have been her first 100-mile ride, he said.

“She had been riding mostly by herself here on the North Shore and just loved the area for its back roads and scenic beauty,” Rogers wrote in statement. “Up to this summer, her longest ride might have been 40 miles.

Last week, she went out with Margo and Elise, logging 73 miles, which was a real accomplishment. She had never been in such good shape.”

Wells most recently worked as a controller for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with her eye toward retirement, Rogers said. She was also an avid gardener, and the two created a “wonderful landscape” where her memorial service will take place.

They were married for 19 years and had two children, Alex, 17, and Elise,16.

“Pam was the best thing to have ever happened to me,” he said. “We will all miss her greatly.”

Rogers said police told him they’re treating the accident as a criminal investigation.

“They have the bicycles. They confiscated her phone, and they took a blood sample. And they have her car,” he said.

The annual ride typically follows the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coastlines, according to the event’s website.

The event is limited to 1,600 riders and was designed not to be a race but, rather, an “enjoyable experience.”

“The Seacoast Century is unique in several ways, thus making it a very enjoyable experience, not a race against the clock or other riders. Traveling through areas seldom seen by general tourists makes this event quite special,” according to the website.

The event included rides of up to 100 miles on Saturday and Sunday.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Staff writer Sara Brown contributed to this report.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com.

 

 

 

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