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Motorcyclist who died on US 54 was Fort Bliss soldier

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- A Fort Bliss soldier was killed this weekend after he lost control of his motorcycle on US 54.
 
Jerimia Krystecki, 24, died around 12 p.m. Saturday. 
 
Krystecki's family members told KFOX14 that police told them he was speeding on US 54 when he hit a few bumps in the road and lost control.  They were then told Krystecki tried to over-correct and was thrown from his motorcycle.  He struck a wall and died at the scene.
 
"Of course being a mother I went nuts, I lost it," said Laura Bynum, Krystecki's mother.
 
Bynum, who lives more than 2,000 miles away in Pennsylvania, said getting that phone call was something she never thought would happen to her.  
 
"You don't know what to do.  You know.  I want to see him, want to hold him," said Bynum.
 
Bynum found out about the tragic news when her son's girlfriend told her what happened. Bynum said his girlfriend was driving behind Krystecki and saw the whole thing.
 
"She got out of her car to try to help him because she's a medic, but she said by the time she got to him he was already gone," said Bynum.
 
Bynum said with her son in the Army, trips to see each other were far and few in between. The last time she got to see him was Christmas, not knowing it would be goodbye forever.  Now all that's left are memories.
 
"He loved life," said Bynum. "Just an all-around good kid.  He loved his brothers and his sisters."
 
Krystecki leaves behind one brother and one sister. 
 
Bynum said her family will fly to Texas Monday with hope of having her son's viewing Tuesday in Granbury, Texas, where Krystecki grew up.
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