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Dealer Gave Darriean Hess Fentanyl Before Crash

Cindy Sheppard, 48, has been charged in connection to the fatal crash, and will also answer Thursday to seven drug possession indictments.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd.
Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd.
Police say an alleged Hampton Beach heroin dealer gave Darriean Hess a narcotic pain killer not long before Hess caused Saturday's fatal crash

The affidavit for Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd., Apt. 5, states she gave Hess, 19, of 459 Lafayette Road, Apt. 8, in Seabrook, fentanyl early Saturday morning. Fentanyl is an opioid.

Sheppard was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges in connection to Saturday's fatal crash on the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge, which caused the deaths of two cyclists and injured two others.

Sheppard was due for video arraignment in Hampton District Court at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, at which point she was also expected to answer to one violation-level charge of allowing an improper person to operate a motor vehicle.

Hampton Police Detective Chris Gilroy states in a report filed with Hampton District Court that after Hess was stopped for speeding early Saturday morning, Sheppard took possession of her vehicle, a 2002 Honda Civic Hess registered to an acquaintance of Hess.

Gilroy states that "Sheppard was informed" that Hess "could not drive due to a lack of a license," although she returned the keys and vehicle to Hess later that morning "with the knowledge that [Hess] would drive the vehicle." Hess caused the collision on the bridge around 8:30 a.m. after spending the night with Sheppard at 51 Ocean Blvd., Apt. 5, which Gilroy said is close to where Hess was originally stopped for speeding..

Sheppard is also scheduled for arraignment on seven drug possession indictments in Rockingham Superior Court at 1 p.m. Thursday, according to court staff. She faces two counts of possession of cocaine and one count each of possession of heroin, oxycodone, diazepam, methylone and marijuana, according to court staff, who said the counts are in connection to Sheppard's June drug arrest.


lawrencius fine September 26, 2013 at 01:24 PM
NO BAIL. KEEP IN JAIL.
Marian Royal September 26, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Pretty talented if she can drive without legs and feet. I'd like to see that. There is more to this story than is being told.
lawrencius fine September 26, 2013 at 08:24 PM
If she had prosthetics or anything else to help her drive, chances are they are at the bottom of the river by now. Those would be her smoking gun, so to speak
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Does it not seem strange that the Hampton Police Officer didn't do a check on this woman before letting her drive the car? If he had, he would have known that she had drug charges pending!!!
Lorri October 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Sheppard is a "drug dealer" they don't just give there drugs away. Why would Hess take fentanyl a "pain killer" because she was stressed from getting pulled over that night, Shepperd could of gave Hess diazepam " for stress" why didn't she take that? I think she was her dealer.

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