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September 26, 2013

Seabrook teen held on $50,000 bail, charged with killing bicyclists

Police say deal occurred hours before the crash

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

Police allege that Cindy Sheppard, 48, 51 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, N.H., sold 19-year-old Darriean Hess drugs early in 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 the 10th Circuit Court in Seabrook today.

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. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

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 Hess could be a flight risk due to having family in Alaska. Hess is currently being held at Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood.

In the audience, her brothers and sister watched as Hess’ court appointed attorney Tony Naro argued for bail to be set at $15,000, disputing the notion she was a flight risk saying all her brothers and her fiance lived locally. He also argued her family had no way to raise $50,000.

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