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Marine staff sergeant from Sacramento killed in crash at Camp Pendleton, authorities say

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A 29-year-old Marine Corps staff sergeant from Sacramento died Sunday after an accident in a military vehicle during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, authorities said.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica was driving an MRZR, a buggy-like jeep often used by Special Operations forces, when it rolled over, according to statements by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Braica was critically injured in the crash and transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where he died the following evening, according to the statement.

“This accident occurred during a company collective exercise, one of the final unit training events before a Marine Special Operations Company deploys overseas,” Marines communications officer Maj. Nick Mannweiler said in an email Wednesday.

An investigation of the vehicle collision is underway, Mannweiler said.

Braica was a native of Sacramento, and is survived by a wife and son, the Marines said. He first served as an intelligence specialists in the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and later with a Marine aviation unit.

In 2015, Bracia joined the Marines elite Special Operations Command, where he has since served as a Raider. He deployed on Pacific missions twice with the Marines.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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