U.S. soldier killed on autobahn, near Hohenfels
German police and U.S. Army officials are investigating the death of a 23-year-old soldier in a “vehicle-related incident” last week on a German autobahn.
Spc. Ronnie V. Pasion, a vehicle mechanic with the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels was killed Oct. 18 on Autobahn 6, near the Leuchtenberg exit, according to Maj. Will Griffin, public affairs officer for the JMRC. Griffin declined to elaborate, citing the investigation.
An article on the German news website Oberfalznetz.de reported a U.S. soldier stationed in Hohenfels was hit by a truck when he got out of his car in a dense fog on the shoulder of the A6. According to the article, which didn’t name the victim, the soldier was thrown about 90 feet, the article stated.
Emergency officials found the soldier dead at the scene, according to the article.
Griffin, the JMRC spokesman, said Pasion was off-duty at the time. He said the Army investigation is protocol for noncombat deaths.
Pasion, from Torrance, Calif., was posthumously promoted to sergeant, Griffin said. He had been with JMRC since December 2009.
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Hohenfels community theater.