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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 pm

Killeen police identified the second driver Monday who died in a fatal head-on car crash Saturday night as 26-year-old Fort Hood soldier Sgt. Joshua Louis Kline.

According to police, Kline was driving a 2005 Acura on the wrong side of Texas State Highway 195 at 9:16 p.m. when his car crashed into a 2010 Chrysler driven by 23-year-old Killeen Rachaelle Nicole Pitman, of Killeen, according to a news release from police.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither car had any passengers.

The crash remains under investigation by Killeen Police Department.

Kline, whose home of record is listed as St. Robert, Mo., entered active-duty service in January 2007 as a food service specialist and served more recently as a biomedical equipment specialist. He arrived at Fort Hood in May 2010 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, since September 2011.

Kline deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2007 to November 2008 and also in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2010 to August 2011.

Kline's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

Soldier found unresponsive

Fort Hood officials released on Thursday the name of a soldier who was found unresponsive in his residence in Copperas Cove April 30.

Coryell County Justice of the Peace John Guinn pronounced him deceased the same day.

Sgt. Able Felipe Duran, 47, whose home of record is listed as Colorado Springs, Colo., entered the military in December 1992 as a signal support systems specialist, and was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, at Fort Hood since March 2011.

Duran's awards and decorations include the NATO Medal, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with silver loop, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Drivers/Mechanics Badge and the Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

The cause of death is under investigation, officials said.

-Philip Jankowski

and Colleen Flaherty

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