THAAD soldier identified as driver in fatal Rt. 15 crash

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Military officials have identified the driver involved in last week’s fatal crash as 24-year-old, Sgt. Justin M. Lile,  a soldier assigned to the THAAD unit on Guam.

The Louisiana native served in the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade as a forward signal support non-commissioned officer assigned to the E/3 Air defense Artillery Regiment which operates the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense battery at Andersen Air Force Base. 

Sgt. Lile joined the Army in August 2014. Following the completion of training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, he was assigned to the 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) at Camp Doha, Kuwait. After completion of his year-long tour, Lile was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 2016 to 2018. In July 2018, Lile was assigned to E/3 ADA and arrived at Andersen Air Force Base,” states a release.

“1st Sgt. Smith and I would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Justin Lile. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” Capt. Katrina I. Muchmore, Lile’s battery commander, said in a statement. “Sgt. Lile’s death affects every member of our formation. We are all deeply saddened by the loss.”

Sgt. Lile lost his life in a single-car crash by the former Andersen South Housing on the back road to Andersen, Route 15.

Emergency responders responded to the crash around 1:15 a.m., on April 9, but reported that Sgt. Lile was lifeless upon their arrival.

Police say he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway and collided with a concrete utility pole.

The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.