Knik River pickup rollover kills passenger, injures driver

A 23-year-old paratrooper from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died early Saturday morning in an off-road rollover along the Knik River near Jim Creek, according to Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Army Alaska.

Emergency responders in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough received a call at about 3 a.m. about a pickup rollover in the Knik River Public Use Area, according to an online troopers news release posted Monday morning.

The soldier, Shawn Bounds, was a passenger in the 1994 GMC Sierra pickup, troopers say. An initial investigation showed the truck rolled after it accelerated while turning. Bounds was partially ejected during the accident, and the vehicle rolled over him, troopers say.

Troopers performed CPR and Mat-Su medics responded and treated Bounds. He was pronounced dead at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center at 4:10 a.m. Saturday, Army officials say.

The truck's driver was identified by troopers as 22-year-old David Villaricencio of Anchorage. Villaricencio was transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation continues.

Bounds was from Tyler, Texas, the Army said in a statement issued Monday. At JBER, he served as a fire support specialist assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Bounds entered the Army in May 2011 and reported to Alaska that October after completing basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and advanced individual training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, the Army says. He was deployed to Afghanistan from December 2011 to September 2012.


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