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Brunswick-raised soldier dies in South Korea

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Brunswick-raised soldier dies in South Korea

BRUNSWICK — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe mourned the loss of another of Maine's sons, who died last Friday while serving his country.

U.S. Army Capt. David Haas, 30, died June 27 in Seoul, South Korea, after he was struck by a city bus while crossing the street in the Gangnam area of Seoul, the military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported.

Haas served two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed with the 403rd Field Support Brigade in Seoul, the newspaper said.

Stars and Stripes reported that the accident took place at 11:45 p.m., when Haas and a friend illegally crossed the street on their way to a local bar. The bus that struck Haas was traveling, in the bus-only lane, at approximately 30 mph.

Haas died in the ambulance on the way to Gangnam Severance Hospital. His friend was not injured.

Police reported that neither of the men, nor the bus driver, was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Haas, a Brunswick native, graduated from Brunswick High School and later the University of Richmond. He also served as an intern in Collins' Washington D.C. office in 2004.

“I am incredibly saddened to learn of the death of Capt. Haas,” Collins said in a statement released July 28. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family, and I hope that it is a comfort to those who loved David that so many people will always remember his dedication and service to his country.”

Snowe said she was also saddened by Haas' death.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Capt. David Haas, whose life was tragically cut short while serving our nation in South Korea,” she said in a prepared statement. “He defended our country with limitless courage, and we owe him, and his family, a debt of immeasurable gratitude that we can never repay, and must never forget.”

Haas is survived by his parents. A private memorial service is scheduled in Brunswick next week.

Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster.net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.