AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — A Mount Vernon man told police he was texting while driving when he struck and killed the former Amherst fire chief.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance says 20-year-old Travis Hobbs was charged Tuesday with negligent homicide. He told police he thought he hit a snowbank and came forward after seeing media reports about the crash.

The crash killed 71-year-old John Bachman, who was also a local businessman. Bachman, who was getting his mail, was found injured in a snow bank and later died at the hospital.

Hobbs was arrested Tuesday and jailed on $50,000 bail plus $1,000 cash. It could not immediately be learned if he had a lawyer. A phone number for Hobbs could not be found.

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