Police: NH Woman Gave Teen Drugs Before Deadly Cyclist Crash

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire woman administered a painkilling drug to a 19-year-old Seabrook woman who later was charged with driving into a group of cyclists.

Two women from Massachusetts died in the Sept. 21 crash.

At a probable cause hearing Wednesday, police said 48-year-old Cindy Sheppard cut open a fentanyl patch and squeezed the drug onto Darriean Hess’ finger. They say Sheppard wanted to calm Hess down after the younger woman had been pulled over for speeding.

Eight hours later, police say the unlicensed Hess was speeding when she crossed the center line and hit a group of cyclists participating in an annual ride.

Sheppard is being held on $25,000 bail. Hess, who was charged with two counts of negligent homicide, is free on $50,000 bail.

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