Accused hit-and-run driver in deadly Amherst crash arraigned

William Wancyzk died shortly after the crash

Peter Sheremeta
Peter Sheremeta is seen here during his May 30, 2017 arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The driver accused of striking and killing a man with his truck at an Amherst bus stop in November was in court Friday afternoon.

Twenty-year-old Peter Sheremeta was arraigned at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton in connection to the hit-and-run crash.

Amherst Police say Sheremeta was driving a pickup truck at a high speed when he allegedly hit Northampton resident William Wancyzk, who was standing at a North Pleasant Street bus shelter on November 6, 2016.

Not guilty plea for alleged hit-and-run driver in deadly Amherst crash

Wancyzk died shortly after he was taken to the hospital.


Prosecutors say Sheremeta did not stop after the crash, and his truck was found abandoned north of the crash site.

Sheremeta pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence charges at Eastern Hampshire District Court May 10th. He was then indicted on those charges by a Hampshire Superior Court grand jury on June 6th.

Following Friday’s superior court arraignment, Sheremeta remains held at Hampshire County jail on $100,000 cash bail.

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