Nov 21, 2014 11:38 AM

Hobbs found not guilty in hit-and-run death of former Amherst fire chief

MANCHESTER - A Mont Vernon man has been found not guilty in a hit-and-run crash that killed an Amherst man.

Travis Hobbs, 21, faced several charges, including conduct after an accident and negligent homicide. Hobbs was driving on Merrimack Road in Amherst on Dec. 23, 2013, when he struck John Bachman, a former fire chief.

Hobbs' attorney, Eric Wilson, had said his client kept driving because he thought he hit a mailbox or a tree.

Wilson said Hobbs didn't stop even though his side mirror had broke and couldn't see behind him because his truck was full of Christmas gifts.

Hobbs turned himself in after seeing a news report that police were searching for a driver involved in a hit and run.

In a written statement, Hobbs admitted to police he was texting when the accident occurred.


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