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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:00 pm

Post officials have announced the unrelated deaths of two Fort Hood soldiers.

A 21-year-old Fort Hood solider was pronounced dead Sunday after a fatal motorcycle crash in the 2900 block of East Stan Schlueter Loop.

The name of the deceased was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Officers responded to a call of a man lying on the side of the road at 2:35 p.m., said KPD spokesperson Carroll Smith.

The victim was riding a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on East Stan Schlueter when the motorcycle left the roadway for unknown reasons and ejected the driver, according to a news release.

Officers believe this crash occurred several hours prior to the body being located.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced the man dead at 3:06 p.m. An autopsy has not been ordered and KPD is investigating the crash.

Soldier found unresponsive

Post officials last week released the name of a soldier who was found unresponsive in his off-post residence in Harker Heights on June 16 and pronounced dead by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cook.

Staff Sgt. Donald Perry Sumner Jr., 41, of Augusta, Ga., entered the military in November 1988 as a motor transport operator. He arrived at Fort Hood in August 2010 and was assigned to the 67th Forward Support Company, 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, since May.

Circumstances surrounding Sumner's death are under investigation.

Sumner deployed to Iraq from February 2003 to February 2004, January 2005 to January 2006, May 2007 to October 2007 and November 2008 to October 2009.

His awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, four Southwest Asia Service Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait Liberation) and the Drivers and Mechanics Badge.

- Colleen Flaherty

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