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Trial Date For York Man, Nov. Crash Killed Teacher

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A February trial date has been scheduled for a York man accused of drunken driving and causing a crash that killed an Aurora teacher.

Otis Newcomb pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of vehicular homicide with a prior conviction for driving under the influence. The 37-year-old's trial has been set to begin Feb. 4.

According to authorities the van Newcomb was driving on Nov. 2 crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 34 about two miles west of York. It then struck another vehicle.

31-year-old Lauren Akerson was a passenger in the other vehicle. The second-grade teacher died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Upon testing, York County Attorney Candace Dick said Newcomb's blood alcohol level that day was above the legal limit.


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