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Former Marine and Iraq veteran, 35, killed in crash

Marines stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar prepare the American flag for presentation to the daughter of the deceased at a funeral aboard Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson/Released)

A former Marine and Monroe graduate died last week in a two-vehicle Wayne Twp. crash, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Adam Enz, 35, of Fairfield Twp., was killed after his 2011 Hyundai struck a 2001 Dodge Durango on Jacksonburg Road around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s report, the driver of the 2001 Dodge Durango was attempting to turn onto Jacksonburg Road from a yard when Enz’ 2011 Hyundai crested a hill heading north on Jacksonburg Road. His vehicle struck the Durango head-on, then struck a backhoe and tree.

Enz died at the scene. The driver of the Durango, Robert Hiles, of Covington, Kentucky, was transported to Atrium Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The county’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene, and the preliminary investigation showed Enz is at fault. The incident is still under investigation, according to Butler County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Peters.

Enz served in the United States Marine Corps Second Battalion Seventh Marines from July 2003 through July 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to his family. He served three tours in Iraq and earned several medals, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.

After his Marine service, Enz studied aviation maintenance at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and at the school’s West Campus in Harrison, Ohio.

Enz is a 2003 Monroe High School graduate, and was an honors student and involved in athletics, including baseball, football, soccer and wrestling.

Funeral services for Enz were today at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home in Middletown. He will be interred at Mound Cemetery in Monroe with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization Enz supported that provides assistance to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members and their families.


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