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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — U.S. Army officials say one of the four people who died as a result of a car crash near Kaiserslautern earlier this month was an Army civilian and reserve soldier.

Paul J. Peterson, 42, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 457th Civil Affairs Battalion, in Kaiserslautern, according to a news release from the 7th Civil Support Command, with whom Peterson also worked as an information technology specialist.

Peterson was driving west on B-37 between Kaiserslautern and Hochspeyer on Nov. 4 when an oncoming car swerved into Peterson’s lane and crashed into his vehicle, killing Peterson and two adult passengers – a 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, according to Kaiserslautern police. Injured in the wreck was a 31-year-old woman and a 9-month-old baby, according to police.

The other driver, a 60-year-old woman, died several days later from injuries sustained in the crash, a police spokesman said.

According to a police statement at the time, the woman had been reported to be driving erratically prior to the crash.

Peterson was the only American involved in the crash, the spokesman said. He was from San Francisco, according to Army officials.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to the police spokesman.

kloecknerm@estripes.osd.mil

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