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A recent Benton High School graduate known for community service died and two other Benton men were injured in a vehicle accident early Sunday, according to a report from the Arkansas State Police.
Tanner Nalley, who turned 19 on Nov. 21, reportedly was driving southbound on Arkansas 5 South around 9 a.m. Sunday when an unknown northbound vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of Nalley's vehicle just past Harrison Road. The report said Nalley swerved to avoid the oncoming vehicle and lost control of his 1999 Jeep.
The report said the Jeep left the roadway, struck an embankment of trees, overturned, and came to rest on the vehicle's passenger side. Two passengers, Phillip M. Batchelor, 33, and Steven T. Reid, 21, were rushed to Saline Memorial Hospital and Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock with undisclosed injuries.
The report said that Nalley, Batchelor, and Reid were all wearing their seat belts.
Nalley was a 2011 graduate of Benton High School and was named the Youth of the Month for May by the Benton Mayor's Youth Advisory Council. He was honored with a plaque presented by Mayor David Mattingly on May 25 during a Benton City Council meeting.
Nalley also previously received a Panther Pride Award for history and was named for All-Region Choir honors for six years. He logged more than 100 community service hours with a local 4-H Club, serving as its president for four years.
Nalley's community service included hosting a party for Charity Water at which, instead of gifts, friends brought donations to build a well for those without safe drinking water. He was a member of 8/12 house band, a performing group that reaches out into the community, and was a youth intern at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
Tanner Nalley, son of Dorothy and Ronnie Nalley, was attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to major in business.
A condition report for Batchelor and Reid was not available as of press time.