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Alleged Drug Dealer Indicted for Contributing to Biker's Death

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton. [Credit: Kyle Stucker/Patch file photo]
Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton. [Credit: Kyle Stucker/Patch file photo]
A Hampton, N.H. woman has been indicted for allegedly giving unlicensed teen driver Darriean Hess drugs and illegally allowing her access to a car hours before Hess caused a September crash that killed two bikers, including a Hamilton mother and wife.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd, Apt. 5, Hampton, N.H. was indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury this month on dispensing a controlled drug, possession of fentanyl, possession of cocaine, possession of methadone, and allowing an improper person to operate a vehicle charges, according to Foster's Daily Democrat

Hess, 19, of Seabrook, N.H. was pulled over for speeding near the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge at 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 21. Sheppard arrived at the scene of the traffic stop to take custody of Hess and the car Hess was driving, a car which belonged to Hess' fiancée, Scott Martin, 20, also of Seabrook.

Sheppard was ordered not to let Hess operate the vehicle, although police have alleged that Sheppard returned the keys to Hess and gave Hess fentanyl, a powerful painkiller, before letting Hess leave just hours later.

Hess struck four cyclists — Pamela Wells, 60, of Hamilton and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers were killed during the crash, while Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, of Essex and Margo Heigh, 54, of Danvers were injured — on the Underwood Bridge at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 21.

Tests have since revealed that Hess was on fentanyl and three other drugs while she operated Martin's 2002 Honda that day. Hess has been indicted in connection to the crash and faces trial on two counts of negligent homicide, two counts of negligent homicide driving while intoxicated, two counts of manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault. 

Martin also has been indicted on an allowing an improper person to operate a vehicle charge, and he failed to show for trial on that offense on Wednesday. Seabrook District Court staff have said that a bench warrant will soon likely be issued for his arrest.

Foster's has also reported that Sheppard, who also faces charges in a separate drug distribution case, will appear in court on Jan. 22 in connection to her involvement in the September crash.

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