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Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez

A Fort Hood soldier who was charged in December with racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury or death was indicted by the Bell County grand jury in Belton on Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33, with Fort Hood’s 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, was charged with the felony after his involvement in a street race on Dec. 17 that resulted in the death of another soldier, Kali Athinos Strongheart.

Strongheart, 28, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, was traveling south on Bunny Trail at a high rate of speed Dec. 17 when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to Ofelia Miramontez, Killeen police spokeswoman. He then crashed his green Dodge Challenger into the front of a house in the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive in Killeen, according to the affidavit for arrest for Hernandez.

Strongheart was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:35 a.m. on Dec. 18.

Police became aware of Hernandez’s connection to the accident after speaking to a witness that received a call from Hernandez in which he informed her that he was racing with Strongheart when Strongheart lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the house. A Ford Mustang with a missing a bumper was found in a nearby field that investigators determined to be registered to Hernandez, said police.

Indicted on unrelated incidents on Wednesday were:

  • Stephanie A. Underwood, 27, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 4 grams or more.
  • Andres Rogelio Cadiente Jr. 29, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.
  • Edgar Efren Rodriguez, 31, of Killeen, on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.
  • Primitivo Maldonado-Guzman, 52, of Harker Heights, on a charge of sexual assault.
  • Taquoria Lastar Geiger, 29, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 4 grams or more.
  • Trequon McCray Gatling, 23, of Killeen, on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle.
  • De’jon Samuel Bryant, 17, of Killeen, on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle with a deadly weapon.
  • Edward Jerome Jackson, 60, of Killeen, on a charge of sexual assault.
  • Joseph Wayne Fegurgur, 33, of Killeen, on a charge of an assault on public servant (habitual offender).
  • Michael Xavier Rodriguez, 38, of Harker Heights, on a charge of assault on family/household member/strangulation.
  • Joe Bill Crain 62, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated assault- threaten bodily injury with a deadly weapon (repeat offender).
  • Jeysen Cain, 17, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a building.
  • James Leon West Jr. 42, of Killeen, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.
  • Javier Gonzalez, 34, of Killeen, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.

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