Fort Hood Soldiers Die in Motorcycle Crashes, Vehicle Collisions, and Train Accidents in 2012
As reported by statesman.com, more Fort Hood soldiers died in motorcycle crashes, vehicle crashes, train accidents and shootings than by suicide in 2012. There were a total of 19 suicides that year.
Motor vehicle crashes, especially motorcycle crashes have been an ongoing problem throughout the military. The number of motor vehicle crashes among Texas veterans continues to be extremely high. Eight Fort Hood soldiers died in motorcycle crashes in 2012.
Soldiers who have returned from recent deployment are required to complete a refresher course in motorcycle safety, but that has not lessened the amount of risky behavior when it comes to riding motorcycles, especially. One of those motorcyclists who lost his life in 2012 was a soldier who was doing wheelies in front of a Fort Hood-area restaurant only to lose control of the bike. According to safety memos issued by the base, another Fort Hood soldier died shortly after being a participant in motorcycle races on Killeen Avenue. The soldier died during a police chase.
Risky behavior among Fort Hood soldiers was also apparent in two train-related incidents near Fort Hood. One soldier died while attempting to drive through lowered crossing gates and was struck by the approaching train. Another died while lying across the tracks in Copperas Cove. No one knows why the soldier was lying on the tracks. The train engineer reported seeing a “body” on the tracks, being unable to stop the train, and running over the Fort Hood Soldier.
Several deaths of Fort Hood soldiers in 2012 go unexplained. Although the deaths were not ruled suicide or caused by drug overdoses, Fort Hood officials were not able to determine causes of death.
While riding behavior is a factor in motorcycle safety, Killeen motorcycle accident attorney Ray King understands that motorcycle crashes are often not the fault of the motorcycle operator.
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