House damaged by vehicle

Kali Athinos Strongheart, 28, of 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, KPD spokeswoman. The 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. Strongheart was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:35 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

The driver of a green Dodge Challenger that crashed into a house Sunday night has been identified as a soldier from Georgia, Killeen Police Department officials said.

Kali Athinos Strongheart, 28, of 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, KPD spokeswoman. The 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.

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

An autopsy was ordered at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

In the course of the investigation, the KPD Traffic Unit identified a second vehicle and driver involved in the incident.

Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown issued a warrant on charges of “fail to stop and provide information striking fixture” for Sylvester Hernandez, 33, who turned himself in to police Monday morning. He is in the Killeen City Jail, according to police.

The KPD Traffic Unit continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information or videos 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.

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.