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Fort Wayne crash that killed 73-year-old leads to probation

June 18, 2018

An 18-year-old Fort Wayne man has been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty in a crash that killed a 73-year-old man.

WANE-TV reports Liam B. Burke was given his punishment Friday after earlier entering the plea to felony reckless homicide and criminal recklessness and misdemeanor criminal recklessness. The sentence also includes one year of home detention.

Burke’s sentence was in line with a plea agreement.

Burke, who was 17 at the time of the May 2017 crash, has said he was driving about 90 mph along a road with a 40 mph speed limit when his Ford Mustang plowed into Frederick Neuls’ vehicle as Neuls turned into a driveway. Neuls died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

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