Driver in fatal
H-1 crash is identified

The city medical examiner's office has confirmed Army Sgt. Shanta Bridges was the driver of the first sports coupe that crashed into a flatbed truck in the fiery accident on the H-1 freeway early Friday morning.

Bridges, 26, was one of four Schofield Barracks soldiers involved in the accident, which police suspect was caused by racing.

Bridges' blood-alcohol level was 0.086, just over the legal limit of 0.08 for drunken driving.

In 2002, Bridges was cited for speeding, going 81 mph in a 50 mph zone, and for disregarding a red signal light.

His wife, Tonya, who lives in Mississippi, said yesterday that their two children, ages 6 and 2, are doing OK.

"I'm doing as well as can be expected," she said.

She declined comment on the accident because of the ongoing investigation.

Three of the soldiers, including Bridges and his passenger, Sgt. John Surwill, 23, were killed, along with the passenger in the truck.

Two survived the accident, including the driver of the truck, who crawled out the window, and a passenger in the second vehicle who was pulled to safety by a passer-by.


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