Army sergeant charged after West Point cadet dies during training

A staff sergeant is facing charges in a rollover accident that killed a U.S. Military Academy cadet during training exercises.

Posted: Sep 26, 2019 9:52 AM
Updated: Sep 26, 2019 10:16 AM

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - A staff sergeant is facing charges in a rollover accident that killed a U.S. Military Academy cadet during training exercises.

Army officials confirmed Thursday that Staff Sgt. Ladonies P. Strong was charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Twenty-two-year-old Cadet Christopher J. Morgan of West Orange, N.J., died after a tactical vehicle carrying cadets overturned in wooded terrain on June 6. Nineteen cadets and two soldiers operating the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Strong is assigned to Fort Benning in Georgia, where she is awaiting a preliminary hearing next month. A decision on whether to refer the charges to a court-martial will be made after that.

Army officials did not provide information on her lawyer.

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