Man Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Homicide in Death of Aurora Teacher

By: 10/11 Central Nebraska News Email
By: 10/11 Central Nebraska News Email

A February trial date has been scheduled for a 37-year-old 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. His trial is set to begin Feb. 4.

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. The second-grade teacher was fatally injured.

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

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