VIDEO: Tyler soldier dies in Alaska

Published on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:12 - Written by Staff and Wire

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Army officials say an Alaska-based paratrooper from Tyler has died in a traffic accident northeast of Anchorage.

U.S. Army Alaska officials say in a release that 23-year-old Spc. Shawn N. Bounds of died early Saturday morning when his vehicle rolled in the public use area of the Knik River.

Bounds was partially ejected and the 1994 GMS Sierra rolled over him, according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers initiated CPR and emergency responders and a medical flight team also treated him. However, emergency personnel pronounced Bounds dead on the scene at 4:10 a.m.

Bounds was a passenger in the pickup, which was driven by 22-year-old David Villaricencio, of Anchorage, according to the report.

The two reportedly were driving around and collecting firewood at the time, according to the report.

The vehicle rolled over onto its roof when the truck accelerated while turning. Villaricencio was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Bounds was a fire support specialist assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at the Anchorage base on October 2011.

He deployed to Afghanistan from December 2011 to September 2012. He joined the Army in May 2011. He recently had married and had a step son.

In December 2012, Bounds surprised his sister, Krystle, then 23, during her pinning ceremony for The University of Texas at Tyler nursing students.

Bounds, who had been away from his family for almost a year at that time, came out from behind a black curtain wearing his Army dress uniform and holding a bouquet of yellow roses.

"He's not supposed to be here," Krystle said during a 2012 interview of her thoughts the moment she saw him. "It was pretty surreal."