UPDATE: Motorcyclist killed in Austin Saturday was Fort Hood soldier

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by KVUE News

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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

AUSTIN -- A motorcyclist who died Saturday morning in North Austin has been identified as a Fort Hood soldier.

Spc. Yosbel Perez, 26, was a resident of Miami, FL and stationed at Fort Hood.

According to reports, Perez was traveling south on U.S. 183, riding a grey Suzuki Hayabusa near Lamar Bloulevard.

Police say he veered into a light and struck a barrier wall and light pole. Perez was wearing a helmet, which was flung off during the crash.

Fort Hood officials say Perez enlisted in 2006 in the military as a motor transport operator. He had been posted at fort Hood since 2012 and was assigned to the 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Perez served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2007 to September 2008 and Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2011 to April 2012

He was awarded three Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, an Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, a NATO Medal, a Combat Action Badge and a Driver and Mechanic Badge.

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