Friend charged in death of Doane football player

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — A 21-year-old driver has been charged with manslaughter for the death of a friend who’d fallen from the back of a truck near their college in southeast Nebraska.

Authorities say Cody Barnes faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday in Saline County Court.

Police say 20-year-old Cody Fanning and some other friends were riding in the back of the truck around 3 a.m. on April 25 when Barnes turned. Fanning fell from the truck, striking his head on the street. He died at a hospital.

The accident occurred near Doane College in Crete, where Barnes and Fanning were both students.

A public phone listing for Barnes could not be found. A phone listed for his lawyer wasn’t answered on Thursday morning.