Navy veteran found injured on side of road dies, donates organs

A 25-year-old Navy veteran who died after he was found injured along the side of a road is giving back one last time

Navy veteran found injured on side of road dies, donates organs

A staff member of the Naval Medical Center of San Diego, prepares for the blood drive aboard Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif., Dec. 14. The Navy Medical Center of San Diego opens opportunities to service members on surrounding military bases in San Diego, to donate blood to the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harley Robinson/Released)

Sara Nealeigh
The Bradenton Herald

A 25-year-old Navy veteran who died after he was found injured along the side of a road is giving back one last time.

Dylan Garland’s body is on life support so his organs can be donated, family members told Bay News 9.

Garland was found injured early Saturday morning along the side of U.S. 301 near the Pasco-Hernando line. Authorities said Monday he has since died, according to Bay News 9.

Exactly what happened is a mystery, but he was last seen leaving a bar around midnight Friday, possibly walking, Bay News 9 reported.

“He doesn’t have any bruises, scrapes nothing,” Garland’s younger sister, Tabitha Roberts, told Bay News 9. “The only injury is on his head.”

The family hopes an autopsy will give them answers. Until then, they’re saying their good-byes.

“I feel like I’ve cried myself out,” Roberts told Bay News 9. “Like there’s no more tears in me. But I know they are going to keep coming.”

Over the last four months, Garland was staying at Circle of Veterans in Dade City, a home helps veterans integrate into society, according to Bay News 9. A man associated with the home told the television station Garland was “trying to get his life back in order.”

The incident is under investigation.

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