Soldier From Buffalo Killed in Hit and Run

May 23, 2011 Updated May 23, 2011 at 6:13 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

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May 23, 2011 Updated May 23, 2011 at 6:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A Buffalo-Born active U.S. Army Sergeant was killed Sunday night by a hit-and-run driver in Georgia, where he lived.

Sergeant First Class James Brandon Gray had pulled his vehicle to the side of the road to remove a bug from his eye. Moments later, Gray was struck by a 2008 Ford Mustang, and thrown from his bike.

Gray was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained due to the crash.

The driver of that vehicle, 37-year-old Gerald Wright has been charged with Homicide by Vehicle and Driving Under the Influence, among other charges.

Gray is 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and served three tours of duty overseas. He is survived by his wife and two children.

"I'm still in disbelief. I went to sleep last night and prayed to God and said 'please just let me wake up and have this be a big, horrible, bad dream," said James Gray's brother Rasheed.

Gray ran a motorcycle club that focused on giving back to the community, and was on the motorcycle safety committee in Augusta, Georgia.

Gray's motorcycle club participated in the Juneteenth festival last year in Buffalo. His brothers, Rasheed and Detrick say they plan to carry on the club and continue it's goal of making a difference in the community.