Soldier dies at Ft. Riley

By: wibw.com, Topeka Email
By: wibw.com, Topeka Email

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Ft. Riley, Kan A 'Big Red One' Soldier was killed Tuesday in what the Post described as a "vehicular-related incident" in a Fort Riley motor pool.

A new release late Wednesday identified the victim as 29-year-old Spc. Ryan T. Christensen, a petroleum supply specialist from Layton, Utah.

"Two Families suffered a great loss yesterday – Ryan’s and ours," Col. John W. Reynolds II, 1st ABCT commander, said. "We continue to provide support to both as we begin to come to terms with this tragedy."

Public Affairs officer, Maj.Martin O'Donnell told 13 News that a motor pool is a reserved lot where a unit parks its vehicles and performs maintenance on them. He said Christensen was standing in a parking area when he was hit by a vehicle.

O'Donnell declined to release the type of vehicle which struck Christensen but said he belonged to a support battalion which would use humvees, fuel trucks, recovery vehicles and other larger maintenance trucks.

Christensen was a member of Company A, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

O'Donnell said the incident is still under investigation, but is not believed to be suspicious in nature.


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