A Fort Hood soldier died in a brutal car crash near Briggs and Wolfridge roads in south Bell County after he led police on a high-speed chase early Wednesday, officials said.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced the 20-year-old man dead at 1:26 a.m. Wednesday at the scene of a crash near the intersection. His name was being withheld until next of kin are notified. Officials said the man is from Florida.

Copperas Cove police started to pursue a 2013 Hyundai Genesis, driven by the man, near the Lampasas County line after clocking the vehicle traveling at more than 90 mph, said Harpin Myers a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A chase ensued along U.S. Highway 190 and Clear Creek Road in Killeen to State Highway 195, where the Genesis reached 130 mph, police said. Killeen and state police joined the pursuit. Heading south on State Highway 195, the driver turned onto Briggs Road, Myers said. Continuing the high rate of speed on the smaller roadway, the driver missed a curve, Myers said. The vehicle hit a tree. The crash was reported about midnight. The man had no warrants, and no drugs were found in the car, investigators said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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