Nolanville Police report a 32-year-old Killeen man died after his car went off I-14 and into Nolan Creek Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Michael Hatton identified the victim as Dean Haniff, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ft. Hood says Haniff was a Staff Sergeant assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

“Staff Sgt. Dean Haniff was a valuable member of our Steel Dragons team.  We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible leader.” said Lt. Col. Christopher Carpenter, commander of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.  “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of mourning and reflection.”

The investigator’s preliminary report indicated that the driver of a black, 2021 Hyundai Sonata was going east on South Central Texas Expressway possibly at a high rate of speed when the car struck a guardrail and went out of control.

The vehicle went off the road and came to rest on the west side of Nolan Creek.

No other vehicles were involved and Haniff was identified as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

Staff Sgt. Haniff’s home of record is Orlando, Florida. Ft. Hood says he entered the U.S. Army in April of 2010 as a Field Artillery Specialist. He’d been at Ft. Hood since December 2018.

Staff Sgt. Haniff’s awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal Ribbon, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and a Certificate of Achievement.