Police Officer Charged in Fatal Crash Due in Court Next Week

A police officer accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a New Hampshire woman is scheduled for an arraignment next week.

State police say 27-year-old Tyler Berry crossed the center line in a pickup truck and hit a vehicle on Route 101 in Amherst on Friday night. A judge released Berry on his own personal recognizance. He's scheduled for an April 18 court appearance.

It wasn't immediately known if Berry, a Londonderry police officer, had a lawyer. A phone message was left seeking comment.

Police say 21-year-old Sierra Croteau, of Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of Sierra’s tragic passing," reads a statement from BrightStar Home Care, Croteau's employer. "She will be greatly missed by the whole BrightStar Care family. She was a wonderful girl with a caring heart and a positive attitude. Our deepest condolences to her family, friends, clients, and co-workers."

Police say Berry, of Amherst, was seriously injured and hospitalized. He was later arrested on a felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. His condition wasn't immediately known.

Berry's employer also put out a statement on the matter.

"The Town of Londonderry and the Londonderry Police Department have been informed of the tragic events which unfolded last night in Amherst, New Hampshire involving Sierra Croteau and Londonderry Patrol Officer Tyler Berry," the statement reads. "First and foremost, we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Sierra Croteau."

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