UNL marching band member killed

A traffic accident Friday night ended the life of a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band.

Lincoln Police said a southbound Dodge Charger collided with a Toyota Corolla as it was pulling out of a parking lot onto 10th Street near Arapahoe Street at about 10:30 p.m. Tyler Butterfield, a 20-year-old from Norfolk, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the accident report. He was a junior accounting major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in his third year as a trumpet player in the Cornhusker Marching Band. Some members of the band had performed at Blue Blood Brewing Company earlier in the evening as they do before all Nebraska football home games.

Butterfield was a passenger in the vehicle that was hit. Also in the car with Butterfield were fellow band members Jenna McCoy of Hickman, who was driving, and Eliseo Torres of Bellevue. Both were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the accident report. The driver of the Dodge Charger, Waltrivelish Watson of Lincoln, and his passengers, Vandcordeyah Watson of Lincoln and Melvin Hite Jr. of Lincoln, were also transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident report states that the Charger was traveling at approximately 40-45 mph, and that drugs are suspected, although not yet confirmed by police.

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