Mont Vernon man waives probable cause hearing in December hit-and-run accident

MILFORD – A Mont Vernon man charged with killing an Amherst resident while texting and driving waived his probable cause hearing Thursday, Feb. 13.

Travis Hobbs, 20, appeared with his lawyer, Eric Wilson, during the minutes-long hearing at Milford district court and remains free on bail.

Hobbs is charged with negligent homicide in the death of former Amherst Fire Chief John Bachman on Dec. 23.

Hobbs, a four-year Souhegan High School football player, is charged with hitting the well-known Amherst resident while he was checking the mail outside his 100 Merrimack Road home.

Hobbs left the scene but turned himself in to police later that day after hearing reports that a hit-and-run had occurred, police said. He reportedly told officials he thought he hit a snowbank.

Bachman is remembered as a family man and successful businessman, first as an engineer at the former Wang Labs and Sanders Associates, then as the owner of his own home-based businesses.

Hobbs has been ordered to remain with his parents, to stay out of trouble and follow any rules set by his parents while free on bail. His case will now be sent to the Hillsborough Superior Court grand jury for possible indictment.