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US Marine killed in car crash in Okinawa, Japan

U.S. Marine gate sentries perform COVID-19 screenings at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Kameron Herndon)
August 24, 2020

A U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant in Okinawa, Japan was killed in a car accident on Sunday, Stars and Stripes reported.

The 31-year-old assigned to the 3rd Marine Logistics Group, whose name is being withheld pending notifications to his family, was killed after he lost control of his car at around 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Marine was in southbound traffic when he struck a tree and a traffic-light pole in Kitanakagusuku village, an Okinawa Police Station spokesman told Stars and Stripes.

The Marine was found unconscious by medical personnel from nearby Camp Foster.

Logistics group spokesman 1st Lt. Jonathan Coronel said in an email to Stars and Stripes that the Marine was transported to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, where he was pronounced dead from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

“No other service members or civilians were harmed in the accident,” Coronel said. “This matter is currently under investigation.”

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The exact cause of the crash is not known, but the roads in Okinawa were reportedly slickened by rain from a recent storm, Typhoon Bavi. The Marine in the crash also reportedly was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.