Florida National Guardsman dies after military vehicle accident in Bradford County
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2013) — A Florida Army National Guard Soldier died Tuesday afternoon after he was injured in an accident on Highway 301 in Bradford County.
Spc. Arandall Shears, 20, a member of Company A, 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Gainesville, died at Shands Gainesville hospital. Shears was a resident of Gainesville, Fla.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, Shears was driving north on Highway 301 north of Lawtey, when his Humvee rolled and crashed. The Soldier was enroute to Jacksonville at the time of the accident. Shears was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
“There are no words to describe the loss the Florida National Guard family is feeling this afternoon,” Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr. said. “We are saddened by the loss of Spc. Shears, and offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and his fellow Soldiers during this tragic time.”
Shears served as a Cable Systems Installer/Maintainer for his unit. He joined the military in May 2010, serving with the Alabama National Guard; in October 2011 Shears transferred to the Florida Army National Guard.
Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.