A 24-year-old Fort Hood soldier died after crashing his motorcycle into a drainage ditch early Sunday morning.

Fort Hood officials identified him Tuesday as 1st Lt. Michael S. Pegues, 24, of Waldorf, Md. The crash occurred just after midnight Sunday near Robinett Road and Edgefield Street in Killeen.

A witness told police a motorcyclist on a 2001 Suzuki Hayabusa was heading west on Edgefield at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist ran a stop sign at the intersection with Robinett, struck a curb and flipped into a ditch. Pegues was pronounced dead at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at 1:21 a.m.

Pegues entered the military in August 2010. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, since April 2011. He deployed to Iraq from May 2011 to November 2011. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Expeditionary Medal Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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