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Teen indicted in fatal crash

Published 8:21pm Monday, January 28, 2013

An 18-year-old was indicted Monday in connection with a fatal crash on April 29.

William James Newcomer was indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter/alcohol and also faces a charge of first-offense driving while intoxicated, which was appealed from Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He was 17 when the crash occurred that killed 18-year-old Ian Michael Burgett. The two were classmates at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.

The accident occurred about 2:11 a.m. on that Sunday in the 1700 block of Cherry Grove Road North, according to a police report prepared at the time. The 1998 BMW Z3 ran off the road in a curve at about 66 miles per hour. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

The vehicle left the roadway to the right and struck a mailbox post, crossed the ditch, struck a phone box and struck a tree, according to the police report. Neither of the occupants was wearing a seat belt, the report said.

The police report alleges Newcomer admitted to drinking. His first court date on the charges is set for Feb. 7.

Burgett had planned to attend medical school after graduating from James Madison University. He had participated in soccer, swimming, sailing and tennis at NSA.

The full list of grand jury indictments will be published later in the week.

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