Ft. Riley Soldier Dies Fiery Junction City Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 1, 2012

A suspected drunk driver has died in a fiery crash while fleeing from Geary County deputies.

The Geary County Sheriff's Department said deputies attempted to stop the driver around 2:40 a.m. Sunday. About a minute later, the vehicle struck a tree and caught fire in Junction City.

The deputy and a Junction City police officer tried unsuccessfully to get the driver out of the vehicle. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, the Geary County Coroner pronounced the suspect dead.

The driver has been identified as Richard Sandoval, 21, from Indigo, Calif. Authorities said he was a soldier at Fort Riley.

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