Army NCO indicted on charges after street race takes life of a soldier

Army Staff Sergeant Sylvester Hernandez (left) was arrested in connection to the death of Army Sergeant Kali Strongheart after his vehicle crashed into a home (right). (Instagram/Screenshot from video below)

Kileen, TX – A Staff Sergeant assigned to Fort Hood has been indicted for the 2017 street racing incident that left another soldier dead after that other man’s car crashed into a Killeen home.

Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33, with Fort Hood’s 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, was indicted on charges of racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury or death.

Police alleged Hernandez was responsible for the death of a 28-year-old infantry soldier in December and issued a warrant for his arrest. Hernandez turned himself into police after the warrant was issued -two days following the fatal crash.

Staff Sergeant Hernandez (Killeen Police Department)

Hernandez is accused of racing Army Sergeant Kali Athinos Strongheart, in Killeen, when Strongheart hit a curb with his Dodge Challenger, drove through a front yard, struck a tree and rammed into the front of a house.

Kali Athinos Strongheart with his Dodge Challenger. (Instagram)

A witness told Killeen Police that Hernandez told her he was racing Kali Athinos Strongheart when he crashed into the front of a house. Police also found Hernandez’s Ford Mustang with a missing bumper abandoned in a nearby field.

According to an affidavit for arrest, police found a photo of Hernandez’s Ford Mustang with Strongheart’s car posted to his Instagram page the day of the crash.

The photo -posted the day of the crash- used by police to connect Army Staff Sergeant Hernandez’s Ford Mustang (left) and Sergeant Strongheart’s Dodge Challenger (center). (Instagram)

Popular Military investigators (not known if it is being used as evidence in this case) also found a video on Strongheart’s Instagram, posted weeks before the crash, showing him street racing what appears to be Hernandez’s Ford Mustang.

Strongheart previously lived in Killeen when he was stationed at Fort Hood but was stationed at Fort Stewart at the time of his death. He was buried at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

According to his obituary, he served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

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