A 21-year-old Fort Hood soldier died early Saturday when the car he was driving on the Interstate 14 service road in Nolanville left the roadway and ended up on the bank of Nolan Creek, according to a news release from the Nolanville Police Department.

The driver was identified as Tyler James Groves from Elizabeth, Colorado. He was a specialist at Fort Hood assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, the release stated.

Just before 10 a.m. Saturday, Nolanville police responded to a citizens report of an accident on eastbound I-14 east of the Nola Ruth overpass.

The report indicated that the car evidently had left the roadway and was on the bank of Nolan Creek between the main lanes of the highway and the eastbound service road.

The location is heavily wooded and the car was partially hidden by brush and overgrowth. Nolanville patrol officers and Harker Heights Fire Department units located a blue 2018 Honda Civic at that location.

Evidence indicated the car had been eastbound on the service road from Nola Ruth, left the roadway at a high rate of speed and crashed into the bank on the east side of the creek, the news release stated.

Units from Central Bell County Fire and Rescue and Acadian Ambulance also responded.

Investigators advised that the driver was the only person in the car and was dead. They estimated the accident occurred in the early morning hours.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters had responded to the scene and pronounced the driver deceased.

The body was taken to Centex Mortuary in Temple, where an inquest will be conducted on Monday, police said.

The roadway east of the Nola Ruth-Central Texas Expressway intersection was closed while the accident was investigated and the vehicle was extracted from the accident site.

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