Soldier hit and killed on Duplin County highway identified

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WTVD) -- A soldier who was hit and killed by a vehicle in Duplin County on Sunday has been identified as Sgt. Michael Hagan-Daniel, 28, from San Antonio, Texas.

Hagan-Daniel was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Hagan-Daniel was participating in a training exercise when he was identified as needing medical treatment. After completing the Psychological Operations Qualification Course, Hagan-Daniel became ill and was taken to Womack Army Medical Center for treatment.

But because of limited bed space, WAMC coordinated with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune to treat Hagan-Daniel. While en route, Hagan-Daniel got out of the ambulance when it pulled over on the side of U.S. 17 near Warsaw.

He was hit by oncoming traffic and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Michael's death is a tremendous loss to the command," said Col. Eric Jacobson, commander of 1st SWTG (A). "He left an impact not only on students he trained with but also the cadre and the members of the SWCS enterprise. He was an outstanding student in the PSYOP pipeline. We extend our deepest condolences to his family."

Hagan-Daniel enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017. He served as an Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division, prior to attending Psychological Operations Assessment and Selection and the Psychological Operations Qualification Course, which he completed on June 18, 2022.

Hagan-Daniel's awards include Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal with "C" Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.

Hagan-Daniel is survived by his wife and son.

An investigation is ongoing.

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