82nd Airborne paratrooper dies in NC motorcycle accident
A 26-year-old soldier died during the weekend in Fayetteville, N.C., after being injured in a motorcycle crash, the military said Monday.
The fatal crash Sunday near Fort Bragg also involved an SUV, the Fayetteville Police Department said in an online statement.
Pfc. Joseph Del Hierro and passenger Mary Moon, also 26, were both on the 2009 Honda CBR600 and died of their injuries, Raleigh’s WNCN reported. The 69-year-old driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV was taken to a local hospital, but did not have life-threatening injuries, the TV station reported.
Del Hierro, of Miami, Fla., was an infantryman with B Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, officials said in a statement.
“Pfc. Del Hierro was an extraordinarily committed and professional Paratrooper and a beloved member of the Falcon and 82nd Airborne Division Families,” Lt. Col. Anthony Keller, commander of 1-325 AIR, said in the statement.
Del Hierro, who joined the Army in September 2018, had been serving at Fort Bragg since March.
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Parachutist Badge.
“It’s a tragic day for all of us,” Keller said. “His passing is felt across this organization and we will always remember him as a outstanding Soldier, Paratrooper and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, friends, and fellow Paratroopers.”
No charges have been filed, WNCN reported, but an investigation was still underway Monday.