Fort Hood, Texas -- A 23-year-old soldier from Seminole is dead after officials at Fort Hood's Army base say he died in a car accident off base.
Specialist Glenn Allen Moore died Wednesday morning.
Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating the crash and say they're trying to figure out why he led police on a high speed chase through Copperas Cove and Killeen, Texas just before midnight.
Harpin Myers is spokesman for the department and says, "They checked the vehicle on radar at 97 miles an hour."
Cove and Killeen police partnered during the pursuit and say Moore at one point drove his gray 2013 Hyundai even faster. Myer adds, "One of our units checked the vehicle running at over 100 miles an hour." And at one point he says Moore reached speeds of 135 miles an hour driving through a rural area.
Kerry Thomas lives in Killeen and says, "I heard a lot of sirens that woke me up out of my sleep. I kind of peaked out of my bedroom window after the sirens went down. After that I heard a car going down and saw the sirens, then I noticed a helicopter circling the area."
Moore lost control and slammed into a tree and died.
Myers adds, "We are basically investigating why did it happen and for what reason, and we are trying to figure out why he was running at such a high rate of speed."
Moore joined the military in October 2010. His mother says he was a satellite imagery analyst. He was assigned to the 306th Military Intelligence Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, in October 2013. He was deployed overseas to Afghanistan in May 2012 to April 2013.
His mother says, "My son served in Afghanistan and for the whole year he was there, I was constantly worried about getting a visit from the Army. So once I knew he was back at Ft. Hood, it was a relief... and to get that news I was beyond shocked."
Moore was awarded the Air Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Army Aviator Badge.
His mother says he has never been in trouble with the law. She says he loved his job, playing guitar and football.
Tammie Fields, 10 News & KWTX TV