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      Charges Changed for York Man Accused in Accident that Killed Aurora Teacher

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      Otis Newcomb

      Charges have been changed for a 37-year-old York man accused of causing a crash thatkilled an Aurora teacher in November.

      Otis Newcomb, who had previously pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide with a prior conviction for driving under the influence, is now charged with felony manslaughter, tampering with evidence and second-degree assault.

      At a recent hearing, a judge ruled that sheriff's deputies had no probable cause to request a blood test for Newcomb and those test results were thrown out.

      Authorities say the vanNewcomb was driving on Nov. 2 crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 34 abouttwo miles west of York, striking another vehicle carrying 31-year-old Lauren Akerson.

      The second-grade teacher from Aurora died as a result ofthe injuries she sustained in the crash.

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