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Man charged in fatal LaPorte County crash
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Man charged in fatal LaPorte County crash

John Niego

John Niego

LAPORTE — A 60-year-old Kingsbury man has been charged in connection with a crash last summer that left a 29-year-old driver dead, LaPorte County police said.

John R. Niego faces felony charges of reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter and two counts of criminal recklessness, and misdemeanor aggressive driving, police said.

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The crash occurred shortly before noon July 24 in 8200 East block of U.S. 6 in rural Johnson Township, according to police.

Taren E. Abair, 29, of Grovertown, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"Given the circumstances and dynamics of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) was activated to assist with the investigation," according to police.

The group's efforts led to the arrest of Niego.

Niego turned himself in at the LaPorte County Jail and was released later that same day on a $20,005 cash-only bond.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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