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Officer indicted for manslaughter in April death of Milford High grad

AMHERST – A Hillsborough County grand jury has indicted Londonderry police officer Tyler Berry, 27, on manslaughter and negligent homicide charges related to the April 5 vehicle crash on Route 101 in Amherst that led to the death of 21-year-old Sierra Croteau.

Police believe Berry crossed the center line in a GMC pickup truck and hit the other vehicle. Crouteau, a 2016 Milford High School graduate, was pronounced dead at the scene. Berry was hospitalized with injuries.

Earlier this year, Berry, who lives in Amherst, entered a not guilty plea to aggravated driving while intoxicated. A police affidavit released in April said Berry was seen weaving in and out of traffic and traveling in the wrong direction before the crash.

In total, the grand jury returned indictments for two counts of manslaughter, two counts of negligent homicide; two counts of reckless conduct, and single counts of falsification of physical evidence and criminal mischief.

After the crash, Berry was arrested at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, where he was taken for treatment of injuries he sustained in the wreck.

While medical personnel were treating him at the scene, Berry allegedly told one of them “he had been consuming ‘adult sodas,'” state police Trooper Bryan Plamondon stated in his report.

At his arraignment several days later, Berry entered a not-guilty plea and was granted personal recognizance bail. Conditions of bail include that he consume no alcohol, possess no firearms or other dangerous weapons and sign a waiver of extradition.