Deadly Accident: Berryville student, 15, dies in weekend wreck
A 15-year-old Berryville High School student was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night on U.S. Highway 62 east of the city limits, and the driver of the other vehicle faces charges including negligent homicide.
According to a preliminary report from Arkansas State Police Trooper Ronnie L. Boyd, Salvador Ezesarte-Cervantes, 35, of Berryville, was driving a 2005 Dodge van westbound on U.S. 62 a half-mile east of Berryville at 10:35 p.m. Saturday when it crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2002 Mercury driven by KC Parker, 18, of Alpena.
Boyd’s report says a 15-year-old male passenger in Parker’s vehicle was killed. The report does not identify the passenger, but multiple sources on social media have identified him as Layne Utley, a ninth-grade student at Berryville High School.
According to Boyd’s report, both drivers were injured in the accident, as well as Hailey Anglin, 19, of Alpena, a passenger in Parker’s car. Three other passengers in Parker’s car also are listed as injured, although they are not identified because they are minors. They are listed as a 17-year-old male from Berryville and 13- and 17-year-old females from Alpena.
Cervantes was arrested and booked into the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville on charges of negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated and driving left of center. As of Monday afternoon, bond for Cervantes had not been set.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Berryville School District addressed Utley’s death.
“The Berryville School District wishes to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of the student we lost this weekend,” the post said. “We will have counselors available on Monday morning as we process this sad news with our school family.”
A memorial fund has been established in Utley’s name at Cornerstone Bank in Berryville. Funeral arrangements had not been announced by Monday afternoon.