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U.S. 95 crash victim was former soldier, devoted dad

Victor Dunkelberger, 33, of Rocklin, Calif., died Aug. 11 south of Rome on U.S. 95. An Army combat veteran, Dunkelberger was devoted to his young daughter and family. (Photo courtesy of Jason Dunkelberger).

VALE – He was patriotic and wanted to become a policeman but what really mattered to Victor Dunkelberger was his daughter.

Attending to her was one of his last acts after an accident Aug. 11 left him fatally injured on a secluded stretch of U.S. 95 south of Rome.

According to Oregon State Police, Dunkelberger, 33, of Rocklin, Calif., was driving his Ford Escape when he collided with a Ford Focus operated by Jaila Aguilera-Pinder, 19, of Las Vegas. The crash happened in a no passing zone about 20 miles north of McDermitt.

Dunkleberger was on his way back home with his . . .