A 29-year-old Fort Hood soldier was killed Thursday night after losing control of his motorcycle on Bridle Drive in Killeen.

Police said Sgt. Brandon Lynnard Martin was traveling at a high rate of speed on a 2003 Yamaha YZFR6 when he lost control of the bike and fell. He rolled on the asphalt and struck a parked car. His motorcycle slid into a utility trailer. Emergency personnel took Martin to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:44 p.m. An autopsy was ordered. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said.

Martin, of Killeen, joined the Army in April 2005 as a petroleum supply specialist, according to Fort Hood. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 206th Military Intelligence Battalion since June 2012.

He deployed in support to Iraq from October 2008 to September 2009. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Multinational Force and Observers Medal.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

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