Soldier dies in crash in downtown Grafenwöhr

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 12, 2008

A 21-year-old soldier died early Friday morning in a one-car crash in downtown Grafenwöhr, about 40 miles northeast of Nuremburg, according to V Corps and German police.

The soldier, who was the only person in the car, was speeding on Neuen Amberser Strasse, the main street through the city, and was leaving town when he missed a turn and hit a wall, according to German police at Eschenbach. He died at the scene, police said.

The road was closed for almost three hours due to the crash, which occurred at 4:30 a.m. German police and U.S. Army military police responded, where medical personnel made efforts to save the victim’s life, according to V Corps. Hilda Patton, a spokeswoman for V Corps, said the soldier’s name would not be released until 24 hours after the deceased’s next of kin were notified. She did not know if the victim was married. Persons with information are asked to phone the German police at 09645-92040.

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