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Man charged with manslaughter for crash death of passenger

Man charged with manslaughter for crash death of passenger
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STANTON, Neb. (AP) _ Authorities have charged a driver with manslaughter for a northeast Nebraska crash death.

Stanton County Court records say 24-year-old Tucker Lanz was charged last week and is scheduled for arraignment July 24. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

The crash occurred the night of May 12, about 6 miles east of Stanton. Authorities say Lanz was driving east when his vehicle crossed into a ditch on the north side of the road, hit a power pole and rolled onto its top.

Lanz was injured, and his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have identified him as 22-year-old Hunter Hetzler, who lived in Stanton.

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