UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
The two deceased soldiers have been identified as 25-year-old Nathan Clyde Dixon III and 24-year-old Van Davis
Two soldiers die and another is critically injured in an early morning single vehicle crash Sunday.
Killeen Police responded to reports of a major crash in the 200 block of N. Fort Hood Rd. at 6:20am on Sunday, July 03, 2011. Upon the officers arrival they located a vehicle in the parking lot of the businesses located in the 200 block of N. Fort Hood Rd. Witnesses told officers that a black 2007 Chevy Impala SS, occupied by three males, was traveling north on Fort Hood Rd. at a high rate of speed, the traffic signal was green as the vehicle crossed the intersection at Veteran’s Memorial Blvd. The vehicle approached the railroad tracks continuing northbound in the outside lane, as the vehicle crossed the tracks the driver lost control of the vehicle as it went airborne and landed in the inside lane of N. Fort Hood Rd. The driver still had no control of the vehicle as it traveled back across the outside northbound lane into the business parking area on the east side of the roadway. The vehicle hit a large sign pole separating the vehicle into three sections and ejecting one of the passengers.
A 25 year old male passenger that was ejected was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at 7:24am. Another 24 year old male passenger that was also ejected, was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition; he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the physician at 7:44am. Judge Potvin ordered autopsies to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas on both passengers. The driver of the vehicle was airlifted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
The names of the deceased have been withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
The crash continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.
From Killeen Police Department