By Linda Cicoira
More charges and information were disclosed in papers filed in Northampton General District Court this week in the case of an Exmore man charged with manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. The single-vehicle traffic crash killed a teenager on Christmas Eve.
Calvin Earl Berryhill Jr., 40, of Madame C J Walker Lane in Exmore, works for Shore Transit. He was also charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Those alleged crimes involved other juveniles who were in the vehicle and had fled the scene for help after the crash.
Berryhill is being held in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail on a secured bond of $5,000. Berryhill has lived on the Eastern Shore his “entire life,” records state.
Trooper B.M. Tripp investigated the crash. In the court file, he stated he responded to the crash on northbound Route 13, near Cape Charles, at 2:40 a.m. Sgt. Michelle Anaya, also of the state police, said the incident occurred at the 23000 block of Lankford Highway, south of Parsons Circle. Tripp determined a 2003 Saturn VUE, driven by Berryhill, ran off the road, overturned, and struck several trees.
Trevonne Avant Stith, 17, of Banks Road in Cape Charles, died at the scene. His mother, Tracy Shavonn Stith, was also in the vehicle. She was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening
Berryhill “had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his person,” Tripp wrote in the file. “His eyes were red, glassy and watery.” Berryhill showed all six clues when taking the Horizontal Nystagmus Gaze test (HGN), a standard field sobriety test that police often administer to gauge whether a suspect is under the influence of alcohol. Berryhill “also performed poorly on both the 9-step walk and turn and oneleg stand,” Tripp wrote.
The suspect “stated he had several mixed drinks and beers prior to the crash,” Tripp noted in the record. A breathalyzer test showed Berryhill with .11 grams per 210 liters of breath. The legal limit is .08. Berryville’s relationship to the Stiths is unclear.
By Linda Cicoira