Amherst man arraigned in connection with September 2019 pedestrian death

Date: 
11.04.2019

Richard Fuhrman, 65, of Amherst, was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court, today on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide and a civil infraction of failure to stop at a stop sign in connection with the death of Eva Fenner, 88, of Amherst on Sept. 11, 2019.

Judge Bruce Melikian released Fuhrman on his personal recognizance with the condition that he not operate any motor vehicle.

Fuhrman is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 21, 2020.

Police allege that, at around 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, a school van that was being operated by Fuhrman exited Crocker Farm School at 280 West St. without coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. The school van then struck and killed Fenner. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Amherst Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS), and MSP Crime Scene Services investigated the incident.

Negligent motor vehicle homicide is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.  A conviction carries a 15-year loss of license.​