Man guilty in fatal hit-and-run can’t drive for 6 years

Howard George Lininger, 84, makes his first court appearance on Wednesday, December 10. (WANE Photo)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An 84-year-old northeastern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident won’t spend any time behind bars but also won’t drive for six years.

Under terms of a plea agreement, an Allen County judge sentenced Howard Lininger of New Haven to six years of probation and stripped him of driving privileges during that period.

Lininger pleaded guilty to failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death. Twenty-five-year-old Haley Nancarrow of Fort Wayne died after being struck at a Fort Wayne intersection the night of November 18.

Lininger chose not to make a statement during Monday’s hearing.

Nancarrow’s mother, Jennifer Dawkins, says she would have like to have heard an apology from Lininger. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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