Scout Dies ........ [AP, UPI, etc.]
J. R. Madden (jmadden@OTB.COM)
Wed, 6 Aug 1997 12:43:05 -0500
08/05/1997 20:40 EST
Scout Dies When Humvee Flips Over
By DOMINIC PERELLA
Associated Press Writer
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. (AP) -- A 16-year-old Boy Scout who was not supposed
to be driving an Army Humvee at a Scout Jamboree was killed when he flipped
the transport vehicle. Three passengers were hurt.
Robert Combes, of Finleyville, Pa., was driving on an uneven gravel road
Monday evening when he lost control, drove into a ditch and turned over
once, state police Sgt. Tony Lippa said. Combes was not wearing his seat
``It appears that they might have been going a little too fast for the
road condition,'' Lippa told The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg. ``He
probably didn't realize it until he got into it.''
Three 18-year-old passengers were hospitalized after the crash, Lippa
said. One broke his collarbone and suffered a concussion. He was listed in
good condition at an area hospital. The other two were treated and
released. Greg Shields, spokesman for Boy Scouts of America, said Scout
officials do not know why Combes was driving or how fast he was going.
Combes had only a learner's permit and had not been trained to operate the
wide-bodied vehicle that replaced the Jeep.
All four boys involved in the crash were youth staff members at the
National Jamboree, a quadrennial gathering of Boy Scouts from around the
nation. About 30,000 are attending this year's event, which ended Tuesday.
The Army allowed Senior Scouts to drive Humvees to carry supplies on the
post where the event was held, but only if they were 18 and had passed an
Army training course on the vehicle.
Neal Moorehouse, 16, of Baltimore, was one of only a handful of Scouts who
had heard about the death.
``I think it was pretty crazy that youth staff are allowed to drive around
in hummers,'' he said.
Tuesday August 5 11:39 PM EDT
Scout killed in Jamboree accident
FORT A.P. HILL, Va., Aug. 5 (UPI) _ Virginia State Police are investigating
the death of a Scout killed in a Humvee accident at the Boy Scout Jamboree
at Fort A.P. Hill.
State Police 1st Lt. Tony Lippa said officials were trying to determine the
circumstances of the Humvee outing.
Police say 16-year-old Robert Combs of Finleyville, Pa., was killed when
the vehicle went out of control and rolled over him.
The accident happened Monday night. Several of the military vehicles are on
loan to the Boy Scouts of America for use at the jamboree.
Tuesday August 5 5:35 PM EDT
Mid-Atlantic Regional News
Good Afternoon! Today is Tuesday, August 5th
Virginia State police say the Boy Scout killed last night at the Boy Scout
Jamboree at Fort A-P Hill was not authorized to drive the humvee that went
out of control and landed on top of him. He was identified as 16-year old
Robert Combs of Pennsylvania. The vehicles are on loan to the jamboree.
Police are still investigating.
By Dave Winslow (UPI)
Wednesday August 6 5:13 AM EDT
Second Pennsylvania News in Brief
(FORT A P HILL, Va.) _ Boy Scout officials said a 16 year-old scout from
Washington County was not supposed to be driving an Army transport vehicle
when the vehicle crashed, causing the boy's death. Robert Combes, a scout
and staff member of the national scout jamboree, was driving on an uneven
gravel road Monday when the vehicle went into a ditch and turned over.
Combes was not wearing a seat belt and had only a learner's permit.
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