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Nov 18, 2014 3:54 PM

Mont Vernon man accused of texting during deadly hit and run


Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a Mont Vernon man accused of texting during a hit and run crash that killed a 71-year-old Amherst man last year.

Travis Hobbs, 21, faces 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.

During opening statements Hobbs' attorney, Eric Wilson, 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 occured.

On Monday, prosecutors called it "innatentive blindness" and stressed that texting while driving is illegal in New Hampshire.

Wilson said Hobbs was using a voice-to-text feature to send the text message.

Wilson said his client has accepted responsibility and is not a criminal.

On the first day of the trial the jury was taken to the scene of the crash to view the road and the truck Hobbs was driving at the time.

Testimony continues Wednesday.


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