- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

DENVER (AP) - No one was disciplined after an Army combat vehicle crashed at a Colorado training range last year, killing one soldier, injuring five and causing $2.6 million in damage to the vehicle, the military said.

The reasons for the Army’s decision not to discipline anyone are listed in documents held by a separate command, said Lt. Col. Jason S. Brown, a spokesman at Fort Carson, Colorado, where the crash occurred.

Officials didn’t immediately respond Friday to a request from The Associated Press to release the documents.

Investigators say the Stryker combat vehicle got lost in the dark during an exercise at Fort Carson in February 2015. The vehicle was turning around when it drove over a cliff and rolled 250 feet down a steep slope.

Staff Sgt. Justin Holt of Bogata, Texas, was killed. He was the vehicle commander but was not driving.

Documents released to the AP this week said Holt had an unspecified medical condition, that he suffered shoulder pain and he wasn’t sleeping well.

But a captain cleared him to participate in the exercise against the advice of a physician assistant and a squadron commander, the report said. The report didn’t say whether Holt’s condition was a factor in his death or the crash.

The Army hasn’t released the captain’s name.

The injured included Tim Riney Jr., who suffered a severed spine and other injuries and is paralyzed from the chest down. Riney, of Safety Harbor, Fla., held the rank of specialist at the time but said the Army promoted him to sergeant just before he received a medical retirement in February 2016.

The Army hasn’t released the names of the other survivors, who also held the rank of specialist. The driver suffered a broken leg, and three soldiers had cuts and bruises.

The Army said the armored, 8-wheel-drive Stryker had $2.6 million worth of damage. It wasn’t immediately known whether it was repairable. The cost of Strykers varies, depending on when they were built and how they are equipped.


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