2014 Benton graduate killed in 'hill jumping' accident
BRYANT — Tylor Wright, 18, of Benton was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Midland Road in Bryant on Monday morning when the vehicle he was traveling in lost control and hit a tree. Wright died at the scene.
Saline County Deputy Matt Green was dispatched to the accident site around 2:13 a.m.
According to a police report from the Saline County Sheriff's Office, witness Austin Hanig, 18, of Bryant was riding in the bed of the 2002 white Ford F-150 moments before the accident.
Hanig said he, along with Wright, another passenger Hannah Phillips, 17, of North Little Rock and the driver, Charles K. Saddler, 18, of Bryant were going back to Sadler's residence when the truck turned right onto Hilldale Road instead of left on Springdale Road.
According to the statement, Hanig said Sadler was going to jump a hill on Midland Road and had talked about it earlier in the day. Once the truck made the righthand turn, Hanig said he began beating on the truck window for Sadler to let him out.
After getting out of the vehicle, Hanig said Sadler, Wright and Phillips took off at a high rate of speed and ramped the hill and lost control before hitting the tree.
Hanig said the group had talked about the hill while at Walmart earlier in the day and that one of their friends had jumped it.
"I guess that gave (Sadler) the idea," Hanig said in his statement.
Sadler told police that he swerved to miss a deer and ran off the roadway before striking the tree.
Phillips was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock via MedFlight. As of Monday afternoon she was in serious condition and in intensive care.
Sadler was not injured in the wreck.
Sadler was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter before being released from jail on a $10,000 sheriff's bond.
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