Fort Carson soldier killed in Circle Drive motorcycle crash; off-duty EMT credited for life-saving efforts

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A specialist in the Army died Friday, five days after crashing his bike.

The crash happened Monday night just after 10 near the intersection of Circle and Verde Drive. Police believe the rider was speeding and lost control of his bike. He was the only person involved in the crash.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Spc. Christian Ward," said Lt. Col. Tyler B. Partridge, commander, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. "We have felt this unexpected and tragic loss across the Mustang Battalion, and our prayers and condolences go out to his family."

"All of his military people were there with him [at the hospital] every minute of the day. He must have been a heck of a guy," said Nathan Smith.

Smith, an EMT, was off duty Monday night when he saw Ward on the ground.

"When I saw him lying there, I just, all the training AMR has given us just kicks in and you just go to work and you help people. That's what we do every day," said Nathan Smith.

With the help of a couple of other bystanders, Smith used rope to make a tourniquet and stop the bleeding in Ward's leg.

"We got his leg to where it wasn't bleeding anymore. Another bystander was on the phone with 911 and AMR showed up. Colorado Springs Fire Department showed up and they're on scene time was just a few minutes.

"I mean, everybody just worked like clockwork to get him squared away, get him in the ambulance and get him to the trauma center."

Smith downplayed his role that night, telling 11 News he didn't think he did anything "spectacular."

"That's my job, that's what we do," he said.

But loved ones tell 11 News that because of Smith, they had a few more days with 23-year-old Ward.

"Would like to shout out to the off-duty EMT Nate. If it wasn’t for him, he would have passed away at the scene without him," a friend told 11 News in a Facebook message.

According to Fort Carson, Ward was originally from Stony Point, North Carolina and joined the Army in 2015. He was stationed to Fort Carson the same year.

During his time in the Army, Ward received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.