VIDEO: Rollover wreck kills U.S. Army Specialist

Published on Monday, 12 May 2014 22:26 - Written by Staff and Wire Reports

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The Alaska State Troopers office continued to investigate the death of Tyler resident Shawn N. Bounds, a U.S. Army specialist, stationed there.

Bounds, 23, died early Saturday morning when the pickup in which he was a passenger rolled in the public use area of the Knik River riverbed, northeast of Anchorage.

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

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

The pickup was driven by David Villaricencio, 22, of Anchorage, according to the report.

The two reportedly were driving around and collecting firewood at the time of the wreck.

The vehicle rolled over onto its roof when the truck accelerated while turning, according to the report. Villaricencio was taken to the hospital, where he was evaluated for injuries and released.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety conducted a blood draw on Villaricencio, which is department protocol for all fatal motor vehicle wrecks, according to an email from the department spokeswoman Megan A. Peters. Once the results are returned, investigators will know if drugs or alcohol contributed to the wreck.

Bounds, who joined the Army in May 2011, 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.

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.”