Berlin Councilman Bruce Bentley and Patrick Mize of Cullman die in fatal Hwy. 278 East – Friday, September 3, 2021

Berlin Councilman Bruce Bentley and Patrick Mize of Cullman have died in a fatal Highway 278 East crash that occurred on Friday, September 3, 2021. The accident occurred when a Ford Galaxy and Ford Fiesta crashed at about 5:35 a.m. in the area of East Point Veterinary Clinic.

Bentley became a councilman in 2020 after a vacancy. He was a businessman and church leader who once owned the town’s 278 Rock Grocery.

The crash remains under investigation.