Belchertown man denies charges in fatal bus stop hit-and-run

  • Peter Sheremeta, 20, of Belchertown, is led into Hampshire Superior Court June 16, 2017, to be arraigned as the alleged driver who struck and killed a Northampton man waiting at an Amherst bus shelter in November. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Peter Sheremeta, 20, of Belchertown, is arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court June 16, 2017, as the alleged driver who struck and killed a Northampton man waiting at an Amherst bus shelter in November. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

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Published: 6/16/2017 2:25:38 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A Belchertown man accused of striking and killing another man who was waiting at an Amherst bus stop in November denied numerous charges Friday in Hampshire Superior Court.

Peter Sheremeta, 20, pleaded not guilty to charges including motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol, manslaughter and manslaughter while operating under the influence of alcohol.

Amherst Police said Sheremeta was behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck that struck and killed William E. Wanczyk, 55, of Northampton, on the night of Nov. 6, 2016. Court records unsealed Tuesday provide new details about the crash and subsequent investigation.

Wanczyk was waiting at a bus shelter in front of 141 North Pleasant St. in Amherst shortly after 9:30 p.m. when a speeding green 2008 Ford F550 truck left the road, struck Wanczyk and continued a short way before being abandoned, court records state.

Sheremeta pleaded not guilty in May to 10 charges in connection with the case in Eastern Hampshire District Court. 

He is being held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction on $100,000 cash bail.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.


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