Reckless Driver Who Struck 4 Soldiers Charged

( – When soldiers are deployed overseas, they and their families understand they could be severely injured or die. However, when they’re on US soil, most expect to be safe. That was not the case for four airmen stationed in Mississippi who were struck by a contractor who’s now facing several years in prison.

On Thursday, July 29, the FBI announced they had charged the civilian involved with reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter charges after an incident at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi the day before. The contractor was reportedly driving erratically at a high rate of speed when he almost hit another vehicle. He managed to avoid that accident, but immediately crossed the road’s northbound lane, driving onto a track and striking the men.

Air Force Airman Daniel J. Germenis died from injuries sustained in the accident. The other three men survived, but sustained multiple injuries.

The Commander of the 336th Training Squadron, Lt. Col. Ken Hirose, said his unit is devastated by the accident. He called the deceased a “model Airman who was well-known…for his enthusiasm and joyous spirit.”

The FBI continues to investigate the incident. This is standard protocol as it occurred on federal property, and Bennett is a civilian.

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