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May 13. 2014 8:23PM

After Amherst fatal collision, no driving

MANCHESTER — A Superior Court judge continued bail conditions for Travis Hobbs, the 21-year-old Mont Vernon man accused in the hit-and-run death of former Amherst Fire Chief John Bachman, but denied Hobbs’ request that he be allowed to drive to and from school and work.

Judge Diane Nicolosi, presiding in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District, said the accusations — that Travis Hobbs was texting on his cellphone while driving a pickup truck on Dec. 23, 2013, when he struck 71-year-old Bachman — suggested bad judgment on the part of Hobbs.

Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Charlene Dulac objected to Hobbs being allowed to drive while out on $50,000 personal recognizance bail on felony charges of conduct after an accident and negligent homicide. The indictments, issued April 17, alleged Hobbs struck Bachman while he was using his cellphone and not paying attention to the road while driving.

Hobbs waived arraignment on those charges.

“It was a pretty hard hit,” she said. Hobbs “obviously knew he hit something and he didn’t stop. He kept going.”

Bachman’s wife, Marilyn, found her husband lying in a snow bank at the end of the driveway of their home at 100 Merrimack Road in Amherst. Bachman was taken by ambulance to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, where he later died.

Attorney Eric Wilson, in arguing for the change in bail conditions, said Hobbs had to “disenroll” from New Hampshire Community College in Nashua and quit part-time jobs because he had no way to get to them.

“We’re simply asking that he be permitted to drive to school and to and from work,” Wilson said.He said Hobbs’ parents, who both work, tried to provide the needed transportation but just were unable to do it. Hobbs, he told the judge, has not obtained a new cellphone.

pgrossmith@unionleader.com


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