Soldier killed in JBER collision that injured passengers including family members

Update, 12:40 p.m. Thursday: The U.S. Army has identified the 11th Airborne Division soldier killed in a collision late Sunday as Pfc. Arath Esau Martinez-Arguelles, 20, of Sherman Oaks, California. Martinez-Arguelles, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic with the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) joined the Army in June 2022, Army officials said. He trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and at Fort Lee, Virginia, before reporting to Alaska in March.

Two other soldiers who were in the vehicle with Martinez-Arguelles were listed in stable condition Wednesday at Alaska Native Medical Center, Army officials said. The soldier driving the second vehicle, along with his spouse and child, remained in stable condition at Alaska Regional Hospital on Wednesday.

Original story:

A soldier was killed and several others injured in a collision late Sunday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, military officials said.

Both vehicles were traveling on Arctic Valley Road near Cottonwood Park when the collision occurred around 11:30 p.m., according to a U.S. Army statement released late Monday. There were five soldiers in one vehicle and a soldier with his spouse and child in the other.

Two soldiers, including the one who died, were ejected in the collision, the Army said.

First responders transported three injured soldiers, including the driver of the first vehicle and the two ejected passengers, to Alaska Native Medical Center, where the soldier was pronounced dead, the statement said. The soldier killed in the collision was not immediately identified, pending next-of-kin notifications. He served with the 11th Airborne Division.


Two other soldiers in the first vehicle were transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where they were treated and released with minor injuries, the Army said. The driver of the second vehicle and his family were transported to Alaska Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

The incident is being investigated by the Army Criminal Investigation Command, according to the statement.