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Fort Hood soldier dies in motorcycle crash

A 1st Cavalry Division soldier died Monday morning when his motorcycle struck an SUV that had turned left in front of him at an intersection near Fort Hood, Texas.

Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater, 24, was traveling northbound on a Killeen, Texas, street when the southbound SUV made the turn, local police told KCEN-TV. He was thrown from his motorcycle, which crashed into another vehicle at a stop sign.

He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 9:42 a.m., less than 30 minutes after police received word of the crash, KCEN reported.

Rainwater, of Albany, Oregon, entered service in February 2013, according to a Wednesday news release from Fort Hood. He had served as a motor transport operator with 154th Composite Truck Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, since November.

The soldier had earned an Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Wheeled Vehicle Bar, among other awards and honors.

The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and will be cited for his role in the crash, police told KCEN.

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