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Suspect in Amherst hit-and-run bus stop death held on bail

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with driving a pickup truck that struck and killed a man standing at an Amherst bus stop has been held on $100,000 cash bail.

A lawyer for 20-year-old Peter Sheremeta, of Belchertown, on Tuesday entered not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf to manslaughter, operating under the influence and several other charges in connection with the Nov. 6 death of 55-year-old William Wanczyk.

Authorities say Sheremeta was speeding when his pickup fishtailed out of control, went onto the sidewalk and struck the bus shelter.

The heavily damaged truck was found abandoned nearby.

Wanczyk, who served briefly as a Northampton firefighter, was pronounced dead shortly after the crash.

Sheremeta’s lawyer agreed on the bail amount and agreed to have the case files impounded for 10 days.

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