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    Drug suspect in fatal crash gets 3-6 years in separate case
    By Nick B. Reid January 28, 2014 1:17 PM

    HAMPTON — Forty-eight-year-old Cindy Sheppard, who is accused of giving drugs to a 19-year-old unlicensed driver hours before the teenager struck a group of bicyclists in Hampton with her car, pleaded guilty Monday to a group of previous drug charges.

    Sheppard, of 51 Ocean Blvd., was sentenced to three to six years in prison after she pleaded guilty to six felonies alleging sale and possession of controlled drugs, including heroin, cocaine and crack, according to Superior Court staff.

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    This is not regarding the incident where two cyclists were killed during the Seacoast Century -- this trial is for previous drugs charges. But, same person that sold drugs to the killer the day she drove into the cyclists.
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    Scott Martin, Hess's fiancé and the owner of the vehicle she was operating at the time of the fatal crash, was a no-show in court earlier this month on charges of allowing an unlicensed person to use his car: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articl...NEWS-140119784


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    3-6 years on drugs charges that have nothing to do with these deaths.

    Killer better get more than that...
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    On way to disaster, a life of wrong turns

    Darriean Hess was the little one in a family broken in many ways, the one her siblings tried to protect. Her last, disastrous choice, was, however, her own, police say. And others paid the price.
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...GKO/story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Globe article
    The officer clocked her doing 59 in a 30-mile-per-hour zone.
    Still have issues with this, still don't quite believe it, but no one is going to follow up on it, ever. Hope the cop can live with himself if what I think is true...

    BTW, Tom Rogers is a better, more thoughtful person than many people who "contribute" to A&S threads:

    Quote Originally Posted by Globe article
    “I would like to see her come out of this a better person,” he said.
    Jail, he believes, isn’t likely to produce such a result. “People say I’m being soft, but I’m not sure justice would be served.”
    And yet, he can’t abide her going free.
    “Her messed-up life has messed up my life and other families’ lives, and now we’re all damaged goods.”
    Last edited by mconlonx; 02-27-14 at 12:28 PM.
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    Screw that - Jail here ass. What a sob story

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    Thanks for posting this article. I had not followed the case or this thread until I read this incredible article in the Sunday Boston Globe (2/23). I immediately came to A&S, but the thread had not been bumped til today. As I perused the thread since September all the preceding progress of the case was now familiar from the article.

    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    Still have issues with this, still don't quite believe it, but no one is going to follow up on it, ever. Hope the cop can live with himself if what I think is true...

    BTW, Tom Rogers is a better, more thoughtful person than many people who "contribute" to A&S threads:

    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    Screw that - Jail her ass. What a sob story
    About 80% of that article is biographical about the driver, with the victims seemingly an epilogue.

    The Boston Globe does a lot of feature articles like this. In a report on the Boston Marathon Bombers, one of them was referred to as a “stay-at-home dad.”

    I haven't had a chance to read the Letters to the Editor of the Globe this week, and I plan to go the library to see if I had missed them. Please let us know if any have, or do appear.

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    Perhaps he is a more thoughtful person than me. Having been about two minutes behind the accident and arrived before the ambulances and saw the bloodshed I would not be as compassionate. I kept thinking If I had started out two minutes earlier it could have been me.

    The fact that you have no clue who I am am or what I do gives you no right to call him a better person than me. Do you know me? Don't insinuate what I do or my character - that is uncalled for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    Perhaps he is a more thoughtful person than me. Having been about two minutes behind the accident and arrived before the ambulances and saw the bloodshed I would not be as compassionate. I kept thinking If I had started out two minutes earlier it could have been me.

    The fact that you have no clue who I am am or what I do gives you no right to call him a better person than me. Do you know me? Don't insinuate what I do or my character - that is uncalled for.
    Could have been you that got hit, but wasn't. Could have been any of the other hundreds riding that day. Tom Rogers is the widower of one of the victims who was killed, those are his quotes excerpted here.

    I don't discount the trauma of what you saw or your reactions to it, but I am making a personal value judgement here in comparison to someone who was more directly affected by this tragic event. I don't know that I would have as much compassion or forgiveness in my heart and when I say he's a better person than many who contribute to A&S, you'd be mistaken to think I exclude myself or claim to be more noble than others.

    Did I single you out? Nope. Not until you've twice taken personal exception to a general comment.

    I don't care who you are, I don't know anything about your character, but if you are among the hang-em-high crowd, I do maintain that Tom Rogers is a better, more thoughtful person than you, with a more nuanced, compassionate, and personally involved view on the matter. That's my opinion, and clearly you take exception to it. So be it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    I haven't had a chance to read the Letters to the Editor of the Globe this week, and I plan to go the library to see if I had missed them. Please let us know if any have, or do appear.
    I haven't seen any letters to the editor as a response to the article, but there is a lengthy comments section...
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    Trial date set for motorist who crashed into bicyclists
    By Kimberley Haas, Thursday, April 17, 2014

    BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been set for Darriean Hess, the driver who crashed a vehicle into bicyclists, killing two and injuring two others.

    Hess, 19, was unlicensed and allegedly under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. The bicyclists were in an organized group ride in Hampton Sept. 21.

    According to Senior Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway, a trial date of Nov. 17 was set during a status conference hearing earlier this week.

    A final pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 7.
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    More than a year after the event, this don't seem right.
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    Trial set for woman accused of giving drugs to teen driver who killed bicyclists
    By Kimberley Haas, Thursday, May 1, 2014

    BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been set for Cindy Sheppard, the woman accused of giving unlicensed driver Darriean Hess the powerful painkiller fentanyl just hours before she killed two bicyclists by plowing a vehicle into them last fall.

    According to court documents, a jury trial in Sheppard’s case has been scheduled for the week of May 19. Her final pretrial hearing is May 8.

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    She's currently in prison serving 3-7 years on drug charges unrelated to this particular event...
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    The Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire has asked us to contact our members about this important issue. HB-1135 is up for a vote TODAY in the State Senate, and it needs your support. HB-1135 increases the penalties for driving without a license. The bill was created in response to the death of two bicyclists in a crash last September. In that crash, an unlicensed driver allegedly struck four bicyclists during the Seacoast Century ride, killing Pam Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, Mass., and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, Mass.

    For more information, read "Bill to Curb Unlicensed Driving is a Sensible Need."

    Click the link below to log in and send your message:
    https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/bikeleague/4by5FBbft.aspx


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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    Trial set for woman accused of giving drugs to teen driver who killed bicyclists
    By Kimberley Haas, Thursday, May 1, 2014

    BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been set for Cindy Sheppard, the woman accused of giving unlicensed driver Darriean Hess the powerful painkiller fentanyl just hours before she killed two bicyclists by plowing a vehicle into them last fall.

    According to court documents, a jury trial in Sheppard’s case has been scheduled for the week of May 19. Her final pretrial hearing is May 8.
    I can't find any online source, but I did read in a local newspaper that this trial has been moved to August.
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    Legislative action as a result of this tragedy:

    Bill makes it a crime to drive if unlicensed: Violation would become a Class B misdemeanor; take motorist off the road
    By Kimberley Haas, Friday, May 16, 2014

    CONCORD — Tom Rogers, husband of the late Pamela Wells, said he is very pleased HB 1135 passed through the Senate with a unanimous vote Thursday.

    The bill will make it a Class B misdemeanor for a person who has never had a driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle....

    “If that rule were in place in September, my wife would be alive today,” Rogers said. “She wouldn’t have gone home with Cindy Sheppard, who is a drug dealer. The whole thing could have been avoided.”...

    Under 1135, officers will be able to take drivers such as Hess into custody, something Rogers said could have changed the hands of fate in his wife’s life.

    [And further in the article, it confirmed what I thought I read the other day:]

    Sheppard’s trial was recently continued because there has been a change of counsel and her attorney, Neil Reardon, will no longer be representing her. Based upon court dates at Rockingham County Superior Court, Sheppard will likely go before a judge in August.
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    Hampton cycling event to continue after tragic accident

    Hampton cycling event to continue after tragic accident | SeacoastOnline.com
    HAMPTON — A crash that claimed the lives of two bicyclists last fall won't prevent the annual event in which they were riding from again being held in Hampton.

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    Good to know. After the crash, there was also some concern that the club would no longer be able to buy the insurance needed to continue holding the event, but I guess that has been resolved as well.

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    It's good that the permitting authorities in the various communities got behind it as well. One of the towns - Rye - is not too cycle friendly, especially the police chief. Kudos to evefryone involved. It's nice to read some good news here.
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    Trial date set for alleged drug supplier
    By Kimberley Haas, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been established for the woman accused of giving unlicensed driver Darriean Hess the painkiller fentanyl several hours before she killed two bicyclists by plowing a vehicle into them during a group bicycle ride in Hampton in September.

    Cindy Sheppard, 49, of 51 Ocean Blvd., Apt 5, in Hampton, was originally scheduled for a jury trial set to begin the week of May 19. After she changed attorneys from Neil Reardon of Hampstead to Adam Bernstein of Bernstein and Mello in Nashua, a Rockingham County judge granted a continuance in the case. Sheppard’s trial was expected to start during the first week of August.

    Sheppard’s trial was postponed again after a key witness for the prosecution was not available that week. According to court officials, her trial is now set to begin on Oct. 6 at 9 a.m., with a final pretrial hearing on Sept. 25.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    Trial set for woman accused of giving drugs to teen driver who killed bicyclists
    By Kimberley Haas, Thursday, May 1, 2014

    BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been set for Cindy Sheppard, the woman accused of giving unlicensed driver Darriean Hess the powerful painkiller fentanyl just hours before she killed two bicyclists by plowing a vehicle into them last fall.

    According to court documents, a jury trial in Sheppard’s case has been scheduled for the week of May 19. Her final pretrial hearing is May 8.

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    She's currently in prison serving 3-7 years on drug charges unrelated to this particular event...
    By Kyle Stucker, August 21, 2014 2:00 AM

    BRENTWOOD — One of the surviving victims of a fatal car crash that claimed the lives of two bicyclists last year wasn't happy Wednesday that a drug dealer indicted in connection with the crash could serve as little as two years in prison.

    Cindy Sheppard, 49, of 51 Ocean Blvd., Apt. 5, in Hampton, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Rockingham Superior Court in exchange for a complex sentence that effectively means she will serve between two and six years.

    Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, of Essex, Mass., survived a Sept. 21 crash caused by unlicensed teen driver Darriean Hess, then 19, shortly after Sheppard gave Hess access to a car and a narcotic painkiller patch containing fentanyl. She said in court that Sheppard's sentence is minimal compared to the "loss of life," injuries and "grief and pain" caused by Sheppard's actions.

    ...Sheppard, who is already incarcerated in connection to a separate drug conviction, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four charges: dispensing fentanyl and one count each of possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methadone while released on bail

    Sheppard received four concurrent three- to six-year sentences on all of the charges in exchange for her guilty plea, according to Judge Marguerite Wageling. One year will be taken off the minimum time on all of those charges because Sheppard has completed a therapeutic community drug counseling program in Strafford County

    Sheppard recently completely that program while serving three to six years in prison due to a January conviction in a separate, six-count felony drug-dealing case.

    Prosecutor Karen Springer said Wednesday's sentence won't add to the total time Sheppard will spend in jail, as the sentence also includes 330 days of pretrial confinement credit. Springer said Sheppard must remain on good behavior for five years after her release. If she does not, a five- to 10-year suspended prison sentence and numerous fines will be imposed for the charges connected to the Hampton crash.

    Springer said the lighter sentence for Sheppard's role in the crash stems from Sheppard's lack of a criminal history prior to the loss of both of her legs nine years ago, for which Sheppard was prescribed fentanyl.

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    Bottom line is the sentence is entirely moot, since it will be served concurrently with prior sentencing for drug charge conviction.
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    Lawyers for Hess seek to suppress blood samples: Police say she was impaired when she killed two bicyclists
    By Kimberley Haas, Friday, September 5, 2014

    BRENTWOOD — An unlicensed driver accused of killing two bicyclists last fall during the Granite State Wheelman organized ride wants blood samples taken after the crash suppressed from evidence during her upcoming trial.

    ...The attorneys, Anthony Naro and Christine List, said that withdrawing blood without a warrant or consent is an illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They argued that even though Hess purportedly agreed to have the blood taken while at the hospital, she did not sufficiently understand the consequences of her actions. Therefore, they say, the evidence against Hess must be excluded at trial.

    Hess also underwent a drug influence evaluation while at the hospital. Trooper John Kelly of New Hampshire State Police noticed during the tests that Hess was lethargic, her eyelids were drooping, her voice was raspy and her pupils were constricted. Naro and List want this evaluation thrown out as well.

    ...Court documents show that by the time of the blood and drug evaluation tests, Hess knew she had killed at least two people.

    ...A hearing on the motion to suppress evidence against Hess will be held Oct. 6 and is expected to last three hours, according to paperwork filed by the defense.
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    Thank you for keeping this thread alive - it's good to keep up with the proceedings of these cycling tragedies.
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    Thanks. I'm always curious about the procedure of how these things play out, and local media is definitely doing a good job keeping the issue alive.
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