BHS grad, paratrooper dies in crash in Italy

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:52pm
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Ivan Morosoff

A 2020 graduate of Bainbridge High School died in a car crash in Italy May 1.

Pfc. Ian N. Morosoff, 19, of Suquamish, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, died at the scene outside Vicenza, Italy. He was a 173rd Airborne Brigade soldier, the brigade said Monday.

Two other paratroopers in the collision were taken to an emergency room and released a few hours later. They were expected to make a full recovery, the brigade said.

The incident, which occurred shortly after a 10 p.m. curfew in place because of COVID-19 restrictions, is under investigation by U.S. and Italian authorities. It appeared that the SUV had hit a parked car, a light pole and a sign before rolling over and coming to rest on its roof in front of a pharmacy, the newspaper Giornale di Vicenza reported.

Capt. David Tarsa, Morosoff’s company commander, said that Morosoff had recently arrived but had an impact through his positive attitude and showed “extreme promise for service as a paratrooper. “We pass our sincere condolences to the Morosoff family following Ian’s passing,” Tarsa said in a statement.

Staff Sgt. Cody Whitlock, Morosoff’s squad leader, also praised the young paratrooper. “Since the moment he arrived, he conveyed sincere interests in service to his country,” Whitlock said in the statement. “From encouraging those around him to be the best versions of themselves, to being a friend who was willing to talk at a moment’s notice, we will always remember Ian as a beloved member of our team.”

Morosoff joined the Army last year. The brigade was his first posting after finishing basic training and airborne school. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.

The transfer of Morosoff’s remains to the U.S. is underway and a memorial service is being planned, the brigade said. He is survived by his father Rudy, mother Sarah and brother, Isaac.

In high school he was a standout lacrosse player and honor student.

A GoFundMe page has a goal of $10,000 and has already brought in $9,750 from 126 donors in less than a day.

“So many friends and colleagues have asked what they can do to help show their support, care and love for the family,” says the GoFundMe page set up by Mark, Kerry, Chloe and Luke Lavigne.

It was the second recent tragedy for BHS. Two months ago three girls on the junior varsity volleyball died in a car crash on Bainbridge Island.

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