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Car in House

A memorial for Kali Athinos Strongheart, 28, is seen outside of a home in the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive in Killeen on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Strongheart died after he crashed into a home on Barbed Wire Drive in Killeen on Sunday night while racing with Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33. Hernandez was charged with racing on highway causing serious bodily injury or death.

The man arrested in connection to a car crash that killed a 28-year-old is a Fort Hood soldier, post officials confirmed Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33, with Fort Hood’s 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, was charged with racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury or death, police said in a news release. He was also charged with “fail to stop and provide information striking fixture.”

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Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez

Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, the release said. Hernandez was arraigned Thursday, with a bond of $100,000.

Police spoke with a witness who said she got a call from Hernandez Sunday night, in which he said he was racing Kali Athinos Strongheart when he lost control of the car and crashed into a house, according to an affidavit for arrest. Later, police found a dark Ford Mustang with a missing bumper abandoned in a nearby field. Inside that car were documents that belonged to Hernandez, according to the affidavit. Police also found a photo of Hernandez’s car with Strongheart’s car on Hernandez’s Instagram page, police said.

Strongheart, 28, a soldier from Fort Stewart, Georgia, was traveling south on Bunny Trail at a high rate of speed Sunday night when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to Ofelia Miramontez, Killeen police spokeswoman. Strongheart was also known as George Castro Paradela, according to the Hernandez arrest affidavit.

Strongheart’s vehicle hit a curb and jumped into the front yard of a residence in the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive. The car then struck a tree in the front yard before crashing into the home.

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Fatal crash

The destroyed front of a home in the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive is seen after a vehicle crash late Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Strongheart was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:35 a.m. Monday.

Two GoFundMe pages have been started in Strongheart’s name. The first is to “make sure his family is taken care of,” and has raised $1,190 of a $5,000 goal as of 10 a.m. Thursday. The second is for a memorial car show in Strongheart’s name, and has raised $400 in one day, as of Thursday.

Strongheart was the president of a Hinesville, Georgia, auto club called Fast Lane Rydaz, and loved cars and motorcycles, according to the GoFundMe page.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information or video of the incident is encouraged to contact KPD officer Brian Pruitt at 254-200-7931.

Tips can also be made through Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477 or at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

(3) comments

derpderp

Whats next , a gofund me for drug addicts?

centexdave

Well said. This army staff sergeant will, undoubtedly, end up discharged. Maybe a couple years behind bars will give him some insight.

eyewatchingu

So now we are gofunding criminals. This guy committed a crime almost killed people inside of a home and someone has the nerve to collect money for the family.

This is what I mean, criminals get praise and money. Victims get humiliated, bullied and so on.

I am amazed that KDHNEWS would even put the gofundme link in this article.

Where is the gofundme page for the homeowners? Or is thefamily going to use other peoples donated money to pay to have the innocent homeonwers house fixed?
Only in Killeen Tx would someone have a party for a person that committed a crime. If Councilwoman Johnson wants to call something immoral maybe he should get off his bow tie and call this immoral. Seems to me this so called GOD fear democrat only for himself, the naacp and real criminals the gang bangers him and fleming protect with thier" unlicensed police chief.
I wonder if the DOJ will arrest Kimball finally along with Fleming and the rest of her mafia style neighborhood watch ran by her and the local gang leaders mothers

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