Driver in Accident that Killed West Point Cadet Faces Multiple Charges

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Christopher C. Morgan touches the casket of his son, West Point Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, during the interment ceremony at West Point, N.Y., Saturday, June 15, 2019. Over 1500 family, friends and military personnel attended, as well as former President Bill Clinton who delivered remarks at the memorial service. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)
Christopher C. Morgan touches the casket of his son, West Point Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, during the interment ceremony at West Point, N.Y., Saturday, June 15, 2019. Over 1500 family, friends and military personnel attended, as well as former President Bill Clinton who delivered remarks at the memorial service. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)

WEST POINT -- The staff sergeant who was driving a tactical vehicle when it rolled over during a training exercise at West Point in June, killing one cadet, is facing multiple charges including involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide.

Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, 22, of West Orange, N.J., a standout wrestler at West Point, died in the June 6 rollover off Route 293. Nineteen cadets and two soldiers were also hurt.

One of those soldiers, Staff Sgt. Ladonies P. Strong, was charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Those charges include one specification each of involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, prevention of authorized seizure of property and reckless operation of a vehicle, and two specifications of dereliction of duty.

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Strong is assigned to Fort Benning in Georgia, where she is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for mid-October. A decision on whether to refer the charges to a court-martial will be made after the hearing.

The crash remains under investigation.

This article is written by Michael Randall from The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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