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Fort Stewart Soldier Dies After Being Struck by SUV on State Route 144

May 07, 2019

FORT STEWART, GEORGIA – According to an online news article published by, a 32-year-old soldier sustained fatal injuries when an SUV struck him on State Route 144.*

In the early morning hours on April 30, 2019, a 32-year-old soldier was traveling eastbound on State Route 144 when his Ford hatchback blew a tire.  The soldier stopped to change the tire and subsequently got back into his vehicle.

According to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), a Lincoln Navigator struck the back of the soldier’s parked vehicle, pushing the vehicle off the roadway.  The impact caused the Navigator to be pushed into the middle of the road.

Following the accident, the 31-year-old soldier was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center where he subsequently died from his injuries.  The driver of the Lincoln Navigator sustained minor injuries and was not transported to any hospital for treatment.

According to the GSP, an investigation into this accident is still underway, and no information regarding possible criminal charges against the driver of the Lincoln Navigator has been released.

The Dangers of Changing a Tire on the Side of the Road

The need to change a tire on either a street or highway can be dangerous not only for the occupants of the stalled/parked vehicle but others on the roadway, especially when there is low visibility.  The unfortunate accident involving the deceased 32-year-old soldier happened early in the morning when there was little to no daylight.  Whether low visibility played a role in the cause of this accident is unclear.  However, low visibility has proven to be a contributing factor to many prior accidents involving vehicles parked on the side of a street or highway.

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