Soldier dies nearly 3 months after hit by truck


Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier from Texas who was struck by a log-hauling truck in a restaurant parking lot near Salcha has died of his injuries almost three months later, Army officials in Alaska said Tuesday.

Spc. Zachary Lane New of Jarrell, Texas, died Monday at a rehabilitation center at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital in San Antonio.

Alaska State Troopers have said the truck's driver was hauling a trailer full of logs on the Richardson Highway Jan. 29. Road conditions were icy when the truck struck an Army Humvee that was turning into a parking lot to the Midway Lodge.

The truck went into the parking lot and struck New as he exited a parked Humvee, troopers said. The truck then struck two parked Stryker armored vehicles.

The truck struck New in the chest, according to troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.

The Army said no one else was hurt.

New was an infantryman with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He was struck as he and other soldiers with the brigade stopped to take a break during a convoy from Fort Wainwright to a training area at Fort Greely.

Ipsen said no citations or charges were issued in the incident.

According to the Army, New was transferred to a warrior transition battalion at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas so he could be near family members while he was being treated.

New joined the Army in June 2010 and went through basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.

U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell said New went to Fort Wainwright in October 2010. In April, 2011, New deployed to Afghanistan for a yearlong tour there.

Salcha is about 35 miles southeast of Fairbanks, at the mouth of the Salcha River.