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

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Charges have been changed for a 37-year-old York man accused of causing a crash that killed 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 van Newcomb was driving on Nov. 2 crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 34 about two miles west of York, striking another vehicle carrying 31-year-old Lauren Akerson.

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

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