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Posted: Monday, April 6, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

A Copperas Cove civic leader was injured and her husband killed in a one-vehicle rollover early Sunday morning at Fort Hood.

Retired Army Col. Jerry Smith, 68, died following the accident, which occurred at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Elijah Road, west of Farm-to-Market 116, near the Antelope Road and Elijah Road intersection.

Smith's wife, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce President Marty Smith, was driving when her vehicle rolled over. She sustained no life-threatening injuries and was released Monday afternoon.

"It was one of those things where the driver overcorrected. The car flipped and landed on the passenger side," Justice of the Peace Jimmy Wood said.

Wood was called to the scene after Fort Hood's military police contacted the Coryell County Sheriff's Office.

Jerry Smith was pronounced dead at 2:13 a.m. It was unknown late Sunday if an autopsy will be ordered.

"Fort Hood has a policy on doing autopsies," Wood said.

Marty Smith was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood and transferred to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

She was in stable condition late Sunday, but reportedly is still traumatized by the event, said Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Vice President Betty Price, who visited Smith at the hospital Sunday.

Smith is expected to be released within the next two days, said Teressa Hawkins, the chamber's finance director.

In addition to serving as Cove Chamber president, Marty Smith serves as president of the local chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.

The Smiths were involved in the Fort Hood, Copperas Cove and Coryell County communities.

"We, the soldiers and families of the 4th Infantry Division, are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our most special friends, Maj. Gen. Jeffery W. Hammond, 4th Infantry Division commander, said in an e-mail. "We are heartbroken. Jerry was a dear friend and more. He was a tremendous supporter of the 4th Infantry Family throughout the years and in particular during our recent deployment. He was a great man, soldier, husband, father and friend who did so much to support soldiers and their families.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Marty, their sons and the entire Smith family."

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