Pinckneyville Soldier One of Two Dead in Wreck in Kuwait

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Pinckneyville soldier is one of two soldiers from an Army Reserve unit in Illinois that died while serving in Kuwait.

The Department of Defense on Thursday announced the deaths of 37-year-old Sgt. Holli Bolinski of Pinckneyville and 20-year-old Spc. Jackson Johnson of Hillsboro, Missouri.

Both soldiers died Tuesday as a result of what the Department of Defense called a “non-combat related incident.” An email message seeking additional comment from a Defense Department spokesman was not immediately returned.

Bolinski and Johnson were assigned to 657th Transportation Company. The Belleville News-Democrat says the unit is from Belleville.

U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) made the following statement about the tragic death of Army Sgt. Holli Bolinski, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, who passed away in Kuwait on March 5. Sgt. Bolinski was stationed out of Mount Vernon, IL.

“This is truly gut-wrenching news,” said Bost. “I can’t fathom the emotions of Sgt. Bolinksi’s family right now. Sgt. Bolinski’s service to our nation will not be forgotten. Please pray for the Bolinski family during this trying time.”