Army identifies soldier killed during accident in Hawaii

Sgt. Terrence Hinton

The U.S. Army identified a 36-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier killed Sunday morning when a tractor-trailer truck crashed through a guardrail at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) and Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 190) in West Hawaii as Sgt. Terrence Hinton.

Police say the truck driven by a 20-year-old soldier went out of control on a turn, struck a guardrail and overturned into a culvert. The military tractor-trailer had been towing heavy equipment to a dock on Hawaii Island and no other vehicles were damaged in the incident, the Army said.

Hinton, 36, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., served as a motor transport operator. He enlisted in the Army in 2009, served at Fort Campbell before Hawaii, and was deployed twice to the Middle East, to Afghanistan in 2010 and Kuwait in 2014, for a total of 21 months.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Sgt. Hinton’s family and friends and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of the 25th Infantry Division. “It is a tragedy and a sad day when we lose one of our soldiers.”

Pfc. Marcus Smith, the 20-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer, was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

The collision is under investigation, and the Army said in a written statement Tuesday that more information will be provided as it becomes available.


  • Michael Swaney

    Michael is an Army veteran and the Director of Content for Bright Mountain Media LLC

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