KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force identified a Ramstein-based airman killed in a car accident Monday as Staff Sgt. Keith E. Lombardi.
Lombardi, 25, worked for the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base. He was killed when the car he was driving hit a tree on Kreisstrasse 25 between the towns of Einsiedlerhof and Rodenbach.
The winding, narrow road is more commonly known among Americans as “Ammo Road” because it cuts through a U.S. military munitions storage area.
Lombardi was driving toward Rodenbach around 2:15 a.m. when he failed to make a sharp right turn and drove into a tree on the left side. A photo in the local paper Die Rheinpfalz showed the car with the driver’s side smashed.
On Monday afternoon, someone had left a small bouquet of flowers at the foot of the tree.
“We’ve unfortunately lost one of our family members, and I know we all mourn that loss,” said Brig. Gen. Rich Johnston, 86th Airlift Wing and Kaiserslautern military community commander, in a press release.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, at 9:30 a.m., at the Northside Chapel.
German police and the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron are investigating the accident.