Charges modified against man accused in Bayard native's death

YORK, Neb. (AP) _ Charges against a 37-year-old York man accused in a fatal accident that killed Bayard native Lauren Akerson have been changed because blood test results have been thrown out.

Otis Newcomb had already pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide with a prior conviction for driving under the influence. The York News-Times says he's now charged with felony manslaughter, tampering with physical 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.

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. Thirty-one-year-old Lauren Akerson was a passenger in the other vehicle, and she was fatally injured. She was a second grade teacher for Aurora Public Schools

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