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Preliminary Loss Reports (PLRs)

About Preliminary Loss Reports (PLRs)

Preliminary Loss Reports provide leaders with awareness of Army loss and highlight potential trends that affect combat readiness. Within 72 hours of a loss, PLRs provide a synopsis of the incident: unit, date of loss, description of the activity at the time of the death. PLRs do not identify root causes of an accident, as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be available later on RMIS (account required).

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PLR 22-067 – PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-2
A Sergeant assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, died in a PMV-2 mishap 24 June 2022 in Elma, Washington, at 0932 local. The Soldier was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound when they lost control and struck the guardrail on the right shoulder. They were ejected into the roadway and struck by a pick-up truck. It is unknown if the Soldier was wearing personal protective equipment. It was reported that the Soldier did not complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC I). This mishap is still under investigation by the Washington State Patrol (WSP).

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 25 Soldiers a year to PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap is the 22nd PMV-2 fatality of FY22.

Tips for motorcyclists:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet.
Use turn signals for every turn or lane change and combine with hand signals.
Wear brightly colored protective gear and use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility.
Position in the lane where most visible to other drivers.
Pay attention by avoiding any action that takes your eyes, your ears or your mind off the road and traffic.
Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react to possible obstacles.
Ride sober. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair your judgment, coordination and reaction time.

Take a rider training course. Find information at https://safet.army.mil/OFF-DUTY/PMV-2-motorcycles/Training

To date, in FY22, the Army has experienced 21 fatalities and:
48% occur over the weekend
100% involved a male soldier
95% were over age 24
60% involved an E-5 or above


 

PLR 22-066 – PMV-4 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-4
A 23-year-old Second Lieutenant assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died in a PMV-4 mishap 5 August 2022 in Raeford, North Carolina, at 0554 local. The Soldier was traveling north on the highway when he struck a civilian vehicle head-on. He died at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle suffered non-fatal injuries. The Soldier’s chain of command assisted the Hoke County morgue in verifying the Soldier’s identity. Additional information surrounding the mishap is currently available.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 35 Soldiers a year to PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the 25th PMV-4 fatality of FY22 and below the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.

 

PLR 22-065 – Off-Duty Sports, Recreation, and Physical Training Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, Sports & Recreation
A 37-year-old Staff Sergeant assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana died in an off-duty sports, recreation, and physical training mishap 31 July 2022 in Whitewright, Texas, at 1451 local. The Soldier was involved in a civilian skydiving mishap and sustained fatal injuries. It was reported that the Soldier was transported to the local medical center and pronounced dead by the attending physician. Currently, additional details are unavailable.

Since FY17, the Army has lost an average of 12 Soldiers a year to off-duty sports, recreation and physical training mishaps. This tragedy was the sixth off-duty sports, recreation and physical training mishap of FY22.

 

PLR 22-064 – PMV-4 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-4
A 29-year-old Staff Sergeant assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, died in a PMV-4 mishap 2 August 2022 in Temple, Texas, at 0500 local. The Soldier was reportedly traveling northbound and was involved in a three-vehicle crash. The Temple Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) discovered the Soldier dead when they arrived on the scene. Specific information about the mishap is currently unavailable. The safety/unit points of contact are waiting for the TDPS to release its final report.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 35 Soldiers a year to PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the 24th PMV-4 fatality of FY22 and below the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.

 

PLR 22-063 – PMV-4 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-4
A 21-year-old Specialist assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia, died in a PMV-4 mishap that occurred 23 July 2022 in Lake City, South Carolina, at 0545 local. The Soldier was traveling westbound when he crossed the centerline and collided with an SUV traveling eastbound. He sustained severe injuries to his head, abdomen, and left ankle and was medically evacuated to the local hospital. The two occupants of the SUV were pronounced dead on the scene. The Soldier died 1 August during surgery. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s (SCDPS) initial report, speed was a contributing factor; however, the use of a seat belt and the involvement of alcohol and drugs are currently unknown. The mishap is still under investigation by the SCDPS.

Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 35 Soldiers a year to PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the 23rd PMV-4 fatality of FY22 and below the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:

•Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
•Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment.
•Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger.
•Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries.
•Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and increased fuel consumption/cost.

For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.
Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.

Impact of Drowsiness on Driving

Driving while drowsy is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol:
•Drivers’ reaction times, awareness of hazards and ability to sustain attention all worsen the drowsier the driver..
•Driving after going more than 20 hours without sleep is the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% – the U.S. legal limit.
•You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued.

A driver might not even know when he or she is fatigued because signs of fatigue are hard to identify. Some people may also experience micro-sleep – short, involuntary periods of inattention. In the 4 or 5 seconds a driver experiences micro-sleep, at highway speed, the vehicle will travel the length of a football field.

 

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