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Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:00 pm

By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

Investigations Monday continued into the deaths of a senior Fort Hood sergeant and a Killeen man, who died from injuries sustained in separate vehicle accidents over the weekend in Killeen.

Dustin Travis Stephenson, 29, of Killeen died Sunday at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple from injuries he sustained Friday in a car-pickup truck collision at the intersection of Dartmouth Drive and Stan Schlueter Loop, said Carroll Smith, the Killeen police spokeswoman.

Sgt. 1st Class Tarone M. Benton, 39, of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood died at Saturday at Darnall Army Community Hospital on Fort Hood about two hours after he apparently rammed into the rear of car on his motorcycle on W.S. Young Drive, Smith said.

Around 6 p.m. Saturday, Killeen police were summoned to the 1200 block of North W.S. Young Drive, where they learned Benton was traveling north on W.S. Young at a high-rate of speed. A 2002 gray Honda Civic was heading in the same direction in the outside lane in front of motorcycle, Smith said.

As the Honda slowed down in preparation to make a turn, the motorcycle crashed into its rear, Smith said.

Benton, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, was transported to Darnall, where Justice of the Peace Garland K. Potvin pronounced him dead at 8:09 p.m. Saturday, the judge said.

Potvin said Monday Benton's autopsy resulted revealed cause of death was multiple blunt trauma.

Benton, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was an indirect fire infantry noncommissioned officer. He entered the Army in November 1987 and had been assigned at Fort Hood since September 2003, said Dan Hassett, a Fort Hood spokesman.

Stephenson was the driver of the maroon 1993 Saab that was making a left turn from Dartmouth Drive onto Stan Schlueter Loop and apparently failed to yield the right of way to a 2001 red Dodge pickup. The vehicles collided, Smith said.

Around 8:45 p.m. Friday, Killeen police were summoned to the 1800 block of East Stan Schlueter Loop, the site of the collision, Smith said.

Stephenson was airlifted by Life Star to Scott & White with life threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead at 1:07 a.m. Sunday by Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey, Smith said.

A 19-year-old female passenger in the pickup was transported to Scott & White with non life-threatening injuries, while the truck's driver was not injured, Smith said.

Stephenson, the son of Kenneth and Pamela Stephenson of Killeen, had lived in Killeen since 1991 and was a 1993 Killeen High School graduate.

He is also survived by a brother, Christopher Stephenson of Hurst; a sister, Rebecca Stephenson of Harker Heights; a half brother, Jeffery North of Salt Lake City, Utah; and his grandparents, Kenneth L. and Evangeline Stephenson of Fort Worth and Gilbert and Jean Krouse of Onaga, Kan.

Funeral services for Stephenson will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

Contact Jimmie Ferguson at jferguson@kdhnews.com

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