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Kenton Co. soldier killed in car crash while on training assignment

Ronald J. Forsyth (Source: Facebook) Ronald J. Forsyth (Source: Facebook)
Crash site (Source: Devil's Lake Journal) Crash site (Source: Devil's Lake Journal)
Crash site (Source: Devil's Lake Journal) Crash site (Source: Devil's Lake Journal)

A National Guard soldier from Kenton County is one of two soldiers who died in a car crash while on a training assignment in Devil's Lake, N.D.

The Kentucky National Guard confirms that Sgt. Ronald J. Forsyth, 31, of Ryland Heights, Ky. and Spc. Jason S. Burnette, 23, of Manchester, Ky. were killed in a single car crash on Thursday.

Two other Kentucky Guard members were injured in the accident.  They were treated at the local hospital and released.

"The entire Kentucky National Guard Family is grieving for the loss of these two Soldiers," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky's adjutant general. "This is a reminder of how precious life is.  Our prayers go out to their Families and their fellow Soldiers.  Sgt. Forsyth and Spc. Burnette were valued members of our team and they will be missed by us all."

Burnette is a member of the 207th Horizontal Engineer Company out of Hazard while Forsyth is a member of the 118th Engineer Equipment Supply Platoon based in Walton. The two were taking part in military training at Camp Grafton Training Center, N.D.   

The two soldiers were on military orders for engineer-related training at Camp Grafton Training Center, N.D. The investigation into the cause of the accident is being handled by local authorities in North Dakota.

The Ramsey County States Attorney filed charges against Christopher Brandt, 23, on Friday afternoon. Brandt is charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of reckless endangerment.

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