COURTESY WEILERBACH FIRE DEPARTMENT

A rookie Airman who only recently found himself assigned to Ramstein Air Base in Germany is now responsible for the death of a German teenager.

The Kaiserslautern Police say that the 17-year-old was operating a 3-wheeled Piaggio when he collided with the 20-year-old Airman’s Chevrolet after the latter passed another vehicle and failed to return to his lane.

The incident took place on Wednesday night around 6:45 PM on a two-lane road between Mackenbach and Weilerbach, not far from the Airman’s duty station.

86th Airlift Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Mark August called Weilerbach Mayor Anja Pfeiffer on Wednesday to express his sympathy over the loss of the teenager.

“Our deepest condolences,” he said in a statement. “As a parent of a 17-year-old and 18-year-old myself, I can only imagine the pain felt by another parent at the loss of their child. This is a tragedy for our community, and we will work with our German partners to investigate this accident.”

The Weilerbach Fire crew that responded to the scene knew the teen personally and reported that the incident was especially tragic. USAF Security Forces are working alongside the German Polizei during the investigation.

According to the Stars and Stripes, the unidentified Airman and his wife were also taken to the hospital.

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