UPDATE: Officials ID Fort Stewart soldier killed in Hinesville crash

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Crash site (Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service)

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – Fort Stewart officials have identified a soldier who was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Friday morning.

The victim has been identified as Spc. Daunte Hewitt-Heath, a Satellite Communication Systems Operator / Maintainer assigned to B Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade.

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper John Snipes, he was 26 years old.

Officials said Hewitt-Heath had served in the Army for over four years and had been assigned to Fort Stewart since 2017.

“Spc. Hewitt-Heath was an outstanding individual who loved being a Soldier, ” stated Capt. Andrew Mangosing, Commander, B Co, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. “Through his kindness and great sense of humor, Spc. Hewitt-Heath always raised the spirits of those around him and will be forever missed.”

Snipes said Hewitt-Heath was traveling westbound on Georgia State Route 196 near Gum Branch Baptist Church when he lost control of his 2011 Acura TL. The vehicle flipped several times, damaging headstones in a nearby cemetery.

Crash toppled over nearby gravestones (Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service)

Officials say the soldier was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The time of the accident is unclear at this time, but Snipes said a passerby spotted the vehicle and called 911 just after 3 a.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Contributions to this report by Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service

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