Canadian soldier, 19, dies from injuries in battle
Posted October 07, 2020 17:16:55An 18-year-old Canadian soldier has died in Afghanistan after his car went off a cliff and crashed into a tree.
Key points:The 19-year old was on his way to the base of a hill when his car crashed into the treeA group of soldiers, including a woman, were on the hill to help the wounded soldierThe 19th Canadian has been named as Sgt. Matthew W. Bocz.
He was killed in a roadside explosion in the western province of Helmand in April.
His family told the CBC that he was an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a fellow Greenwood resident.
In a statement released to the media, the Canadian military said it was aware of the death of a Canadian soldier and that a police investigation was underway.
“This tragic incident is being treated as a homicide and an incident has been under investigation by the RCMP, as is our standard procedure in all cases involving fatalities,” the statement said.
“The CFSA takes all appropriate action, including the appropriate police investigation, to ensure the safety of our members and members of our communities.
We will continue to do everything possible to support our soldiers and the people of our country, and we will not rest until we achieve a safe and secure environment.”‘
It was an absolutely horrific accident’A statement released by the province said the soldier was killed when his vehicle went off the hill and crashed on a field.
“It was absolutely horrific, absolutely tragic,” said Col. Ryan Clark, a spokesman for the province of Anbar, which covers Helmand province.
The car that went off on the cliff had a number of other occupants in it, Clark said.
He said the driver of the vehicle was the 19-yr-old soldier.
A woman, who was driving with the soldier, was injured in the crash.
The woman’s name was not immediately released.
The provincial governor, General Zabihullah Amin, said the province is working with the Canadian Forces to find out more about the cause of the crash and the identities of the other occupants.
The Canadian military has a base in Helmand and a battalion in the province.