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Petersburg motorcycle crash victim was soldier at Ft. Lee

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

A man killed in a weekend motorcycle crash has been identified as a Fort Lee soldier.

Fort Lee officials say Staff Sgt. Rudolph V. Barber, 33, died when he lost control of his motorcycle at the 600 block of Crater Road around 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

Just days before the Fourth of July, a makeshift memorial with an American flag now stands at the crash site. A neighbor said in an interview Tuesday a homeless man started the memorial, when he found red white and blue flowers for Staff Sgt. Barber's friends.

"He ran across the street, and out of the kindness of his heart, he went and found some flowers to give to the family for the visitor memorial," the neighbor said.

Barber entered the Army in 1999 as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 16th Ordnance Brigade, U.S. Army Ordnance School, in 2011 and served as an instructor in the Wheel Department.

He earned four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, and a Driver and Mechanic Badge.

This accident is under investigation.

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