Amherst fatal hit-and-run case postponed

MILFORD – A probable cause hearing for Travis Hobbs, the Mont Vernon man accused of negligent homicide in the December accident that killed a retired Amherst fire chief, has been postponed until next month.

The new hearing date is Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9:30 a.m. in Milford circuit court.

Police say Hobbs, 20, was texting on his phone when he hit John Backman as the 71-year-old longtime Telegraph columnist and a local businessman was getting his mail in front of his house on Dec. 23. The accident happened around 1 p.m., and Hobbs turned himself in later that afternoon after hearing reports about a hit-and-run, police said.

He was arraigned in Nashua district court the next day and is free in the custody of his parents.

Eric Wilson, Hobbs’ public defender, asked for the continuance.

– KATHY CLEVELAND