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Franklin County soldier dies in motorcycle accident

Pfc. Dylan Kelly, 21, was from Benton, Illinois.
Pfc. Dylan Kelly, 21, was from Benton, Illinois. USAG Fort Stewart, Georgia

A 21-year-old U.S. Army soldier from Franklin County was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday while stationed in Georgia.

Pfc. Dylan Kelly, from Benton, was on his first assignment in Statesboro, Georgia when the accident occurred, according to WJCL.

Kelly was an armor vehicle crewman assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division and had served in the Army for 15 months, a release from the Army Times said.

The soldier died after his motorcycle hit a car on March 15.

Kelly's company commander, Capt. Jared Peterson, described Kelly in the release as a "hardworking and dedicated soldier" whose "positive energy will be sorely missed."

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