Friday, May 6, 2016

Fort Carson Paralyzed Solider Faults Army for Stryker Going Over Cliff

Paralyzed soldier says Army was at fault in fatal wreck on Fort Carson
The Gazette
By: Tom Roeder
May 4, 2016

Why was 1st brigade pushing so hard? Riney, 25, says it was driven by goal-focused leaders who cared for results more than their troops.
“The atmosphere there was unbelievably toxic, and I feel it led directly to this,” Riney said.
The Army says a wrong turn led to a fatal rollover wreck last year that sent an 18-ton Stryker vehicle tumbling over a cliff.

A soldier who lost the use of his legs in the incident, though, says the cause of the wreck was 1st Brigade Combat Team commanders pushing their troops too hard in training with unfamiliar equipment.

“It was murder,” said retired Sgt. Tim Riney, one of six soldiers hurt in the 9 p.m. crash on Feb. 6, 2015.

Staff Sgt. Justin L. Holt, 31, died when he was thrown from the Stryker along with Riney when the Stryker tumbled off a 250-foot cliff on the post’s training range 41, on the southeastern corner of the 135,000-acre installation.
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