Who was Jacob Abonita and David Tate? Soldiers Killed In Alaska Car Crash

Jacob Abonita and David Tate Wiki

Two paratroopers named Jacob Abonita and David Tate were killed in a terrifying multi-vehicle car disaster in Alaska, just days after a bear mauled a soldier stationed at the same military facility. The Army says Spc. Wyne Lyndon Jacob Abonita and Pvt. Valsin David Tate Jr. was killed in a car accident on Friday that injured two others.

David Tate (Photo Credit: US Army)

Abonita, from Yokosuka, Japan, and Tate, from New Orleans, were both fire control specialists with the 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment’s 2nd Battalion.

Jacob Abonita (Photo Credit: US Army)

According to Stars and Stripes, two other soldiers were hurt in the multi-vehicle collision.


Jacob Abonita was 22 years old and David Tate was 23 years old.

Soldiers Killed In Alaska Car Crash

On a highway near Anchorage, the drivers of a Dodge Challenger and a Mitsubishi Galant lost control of their automobiles.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the Challenger collided with a tree, injuring the two persons on board. However, the Galant collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, igniting both automobiles.

Medics arrived quickly and declared the driver and passenger dead. The Army has not provided any additional information on the crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 43,000 people died on American roadways last year. The figure represents the highest in 16 years

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