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.

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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.

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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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