Lance Cpl. Hans Sandoval-Pereyra

Lance Cpl. Hans Sandoval-Pereyra. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

A decorated Marine from Fairfax County has died following a weekend training accident in Australia.

In a news release, the Marine Corps said Lance Cpl. Hans Sandoval-Pereyra, 21, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a tactical vehicle accident that occurred over the weekend at an Australian military base near Darwin.

“We are extremely grateful to our Australian partners for their valiant efforts to save this young Marine’s life,” Col. Russ Boyce, the commanding officer for the Marine Darwin rotation, said in release.

Another Marine who was injured in the accident was treated and later released.

Sandoval-Pereyra was an expeditionary airfield systems technician assigned to the Marines’ Aviation Combat Element.

His honors include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

“We are saddened by the loss of Lance Corporal Sandoval-Pereyra,” Boyce said. “He was a beloved member of our community and our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.”

About 2,500 US Marines are stationed in Darwin as part of an annual rotation program, the Associated Press reported.


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.