15 May

Luke Air Force Base Service Member Killed in Phoenix Car Acciden

Posted by on May 15, 2012

A fatal accident on Interstate 10 near 51st Avenue in Phoenix claimed the life of a Luke Air Force Base active-duty service member. Base officials have confirmed that 26 year old, active-duty Senior Airman Kenneth M. Lee Jr. was killed in the car accident. While the accident and events leading up to the accident are still under investigation, it is suspected that Lee was not wearing a seat belt. Around 9 p.m. Saturday May 12, 2012, Lee lost control of the BMW and was ejected from the car after it rolled over multiple times. The BMW was headed east toward Tempe and was in the lane immediately next to the HOV lane. When Lee lost control of the vehicle the car ran off the right side of the road. Lee was pronounced dead after arriving at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

The other passenger in the vehicle, who was properly restrained in a seat belt, escaped the accident with minor injuries. Investigators continue to determine if other vehicles were involved in the accident or whether high speeds had an impact on the severity of the accident. They do note, however, that there was no indication that alcohol was a contributing factor to the fatal, roll-over accident.

Lee, originally from San Antonio, Texas, had served at Luke Air force Base since 2008 as part of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron. He is the second Luke Air Force service member to tragically die in a vehicle accident within a month. In late April, 29 year old, Staff Sargent Justin Miller was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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