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Alleged Heroin Dealer Also Charged in Fatal Hampton Crash

Cindy Sheppard, 48, allegedly gave Darriean Hess drugs and let Hess use the vehicle driven during Saturday's fatal crash.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd.
Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd.
A Hampton woman has been charged with giving unlicensed teen driver Darriean Hess a controlled drug before allowing Hess to use the car that Hess operated while causing a crash that killed two cyclists.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for one felony count of sale of a controlled or narcotic drug, according to Hampton Deputy Police Chief Rich Sawyer. Sawyer said Sheppard was also charged with allowing an improper person to operate a motor vehicle, a violation-level offense.

Hess was held on $50,000 cash or corporate surety bail Tuesday following her arraignment on four felony charges alleging she negligently caused the deaths of two cyclists on the Neil R. Underwood Bridge at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

It was unknown Tuesday evening when Hess used or ingested the drugs allegedly supplied to her by Sheppard, although Hess has reportedly said the crash happened after she took her "eyes off the road for a few seconds" while traveling at a high rate of speed over the bridge.

Sawyer said Sheppard supplied Hess with drugs "some time after 1:30 a.m." on Saturday, and then "shortly after 8 a.m." — less than half an hour before the crash — allowed Hess to operate a 2002 Honda Civic "knowing she was not licensed to drive."

The type of drug given to Hess wasn't disclosed Tuesday. Police couldn't be reached for additional comment Tuesday evening. 

Sheppard was arrested in June on drug dealing charges, and police have said she is a significant source of heroin in the Hampton Beach area.

Sheppard is being held on $10,000 cash bail and is scheduled for arraignment at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hampton District Court.
je1anorth September 25, 2013 at 09:04 PM
WTF wasn't this POS just arrested a few weeks ago for dealing?
mary ann September 25, 2013 at 09:37 PM
OMGosh This is tragic!
Lorri September 26, 2013 at 01:21 AM
It seems Hess nodded off while driving with drugs Sheppard supplied or sold to Hess, I hope more dealers are named to the PD to help get theses scumbags off these roads to make it safer for our families.
Eric Blaisdell September 26, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Looks like this girl is giving up some names . Good for her . Strange how things work for sure . This community has suffered long enough My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the cyclists for sure
James Kelley September 26, 2013 at 09:17 AM
I'd have to think that once the results of the blood tests come back and are positive for either heroin, mdma, alcohol, or any combination of the three, the charges Hess faces will be increased from negligent homicide to vehicular manslaughter. The prosecutor stated very clearly that the state needed to be able to prove criminal intent to pursue those charges, and speeding while driving without a license while under the influence of narcotics while texting certainly seems to meet that standard. How many years will the hag who sold her the drugs spend in prison for her role? Hopefully at least 20.
lawrencius fine September 26, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Only $10,000 bail? She probably has that in her wallet. My suggestion for this one would be NO bail.
june white September 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM
This woman was arrested for selling heroin and she's right back at it again? How do the police not know this. This beach needs to be cleaned up, it is a well known place to buy drugs. Enough!
Maria September 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM
That's right June, enough is enough. I suggested in my town patch that we put up some stocks so we can smush garbage in the faces of these kinds of people. Leave them in there for a few days and maybe it will make an impression. Nothing else seems to be doing it.
jimP September 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Phentanyl is only in a patch or IV not pills and not very common on the street very short lasting not really a street drug i highly doubt it was iv you cannot get the for take home prescriptions
Lorri September 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Is it Fentanyl or Phentanyl? Because Fentanyl is in a pill form that melts in your mouth only, plus they have patch & lollipop, go figure! I had surgery for cancer, I had over 75+ staples they had me take the patch but I stopped extremely strong. & "NO" I never drove!
Micheal T October 02, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Fentanyl patches can be abused by placing them between your cheek & gum... It's very dangerous, as it releases a lot of the drug.

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