A US Army soldier, his wife and their baby boy were killed in a car crash in South Korea last week, US forces in Korea confirmed to NBC10 Boston on Sunday.
Eighth Army specialist Luis Taveras, 26, was from Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, according to Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper.
Taveras; his wife Lisbeth, 30 years old; and their child Luis, 1, were driving near the city of Pyeongtaek on Monday evening when their vehicle collided with another vehicle, military officials said. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
Stars and Stripes reported that the Taveras’ vehicle collided with a tow truck driven by a 27-year-old Korean on the outskirts of Camp Humphreys, a major US military base near Pyeongtaek along the country’s west coast. The fatal collision occurred on a bend in a one-lane road, police and firefighters said at Stars and Stripes, and a fire broke out following the crash.
“The men and women of Team 19 are saddened by the loss of the Taveras family,” said the sergeant. Gen. Steven L. Allen, commander of the 19th Expeditionary Support Command, said in a statement. “No words can accurately express the pain that their friends and family are facing. We, as a team in the Army, will move forward in a way that will provide support and assistance to those in mourning. We humbly ask everyone to respect the privacy of their friends and family during this very difficult time. “
Taveras began his military career in August 2017. He was a Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. He arrived in South Korea in June, Stars and Stripes reported.
The Korean National Police are investigating the incident and the U.S. military will also conduct an investigation into the performance of their duties, officials said.