Man killed in crash Sunday identified as Fort Hood soldier

FORT WORTH -- A 23-year-old man killed Sunday in a traffic wreck has been identified as soldier from Fort Hood, authorities said Tuesday.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Elias Lopez, 23, of Chicago, Ill. who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lopez died from blunt force trauma after he was thrown out of his car, the medical examiner’s office reported. His death was ruled an accident.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck, Fort Worth police have said.

Fort Worth police had not released any information on why Lopez was in Fort Worth.

The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Rendon Crowley Road.

Lopez was driving a car that was eastbound on the road when it passed a tractor-trailer, police said. As Lopez attempted to turn back into his lane, the car hit the corner of another tractor-trailer that was westbound on the road, police said. The truck driver who was not identified was not injured, police said.

The impact caused the car to flip, tossing Lopez out, police said.

Lopez had been a sergeant in the Army’s 3rd Battalion, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division since January 2009, according to a Fort Hood news release. He joined in June 2006.

Lopez’s awards and decorations included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Serve Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Service Ribbon, according to the news release.DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR., 817-390-7763