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Fort Benning remembers soldier killed in tragic accident

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Soldiers who trained with a sergeant from the 3rd Brigade are speaking out about the man who suffered a tragic death last week.

Sgt. Jose Angel Jimenez was crushed by a log truck while riding his motorcycle on Highway 165 in Alabama.

He drove a Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Bayonet Company 269 Armor and deployed to Iraq three times before joining his current unit at Fort Benning.

A native of South Texas, his commanding officers describe him as a dependable, mature, and solid soldier.  An expert in his field, he knew everything there was to know about the equipment he was operating.  When he wasn't training on post, Sgt. Jimenez volunteered at the VFW and other service organizations in the Columbus area.

Capt. Jesse Sladek, Commander of Bayonet Company, said he depended on Jimenez the first time he was training in a live fire situation on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

"I was just so impressed with his professional abilities, and with the fact that our crew was able to do so well, especially with a guy like me in the turret.  I didn't know this piece of equipment at all and he walked me through the whole thing.  Just good solid NCO.  We're going to miss him a lot," said Sladek.

Jimenez was 31 when he died Thursday.  He is survived by his wife and family who still live in Texas.

Fort Benning takes motorcycle safety very seriously.  So much, they created a motorcycle mentorship program to teach soldiers how to ride correctly.  Sgt. Jimenez was participating in one of these official rides when state police said a truck driver caused this accident by failing to yield the right of way.

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