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September 26, 2013

Woman accused of selling Hess drugs

Police say deal occurred hours before the crash

SEABROOK — Hampton Police last night arrested a second person in connection with Saturday’s crash that killed two bicyclists and injured two others on a Route 1A bridge between Hampton and Seabrook.

Police say Cindy Sheppard, 48, 51 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, N.H., sold 19-year-old Darriean Hess drugs early on the morning of the crash, and then, shortly after 8 a.m., she allowed Hess to drive, knowing that she didn’t have a license.

Sheppard was arrested on warrants and charged with one felony count for the sale of controlled/narcotic drugs and a violation-level offense of allowing an improper person to operate a vehicle.

Sheppard is being held on $10,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Seabrook today. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or surety yesterday for a local teen accused of killing two bicyclists and injuring two more Saturday morning on a Route 1A bridge between Hampton and Seabrook, N.H.

Hess, 19, was arrested Tuesday at her home and charged with two counts each of negligent homicide and second-degree assault during her arraignment yesterday morning at Seabrook Circuit Court. Each charge is a Class B felony, carrying a maximum sentence of seven years in jail and fines up to $4,000, per charge.

Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, were killed in the accident. Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, of Essex, and Margo Heigh, 54, of Danvers, were both injured and transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Washington Street resident, wearing an orange county-jail jumpsuit, remained silent during her roughly 10-minute arraignment via video conference, as Hampton police prosecutor Barry Newcomb asked Judge Mark Weaver for $50,000 cash bail due to the seriousness of her alleged crimes. Newcomb added that Hess could be a flight risk due to having family in Alaska. Hess, who didn’t have a license at the time of the crash, is currently being held at Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood, N.H.

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