Navy identifies sailor who died in cycle accident near Yokosuka
U.S. Navy officials identified the sailor who died in a motorcycle accident Sunday as Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Jacob Anderson.
Anderson died after a collision between his motorcycle and a motor scooter ridden by a Japanese resident at approximately 11:15 a.m. on the Miura Peninsula near Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.
Japanese authorities who responded to the accident took the USS Cowpens gunner’s mate to the Kyosaikai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:16 p.m.
A Uraga Police Department Station spokesman in Yokosuka City said Anderson was traveling on Highway 134 in Yokosuka’s Tsukui district when his motorcycle collided with a motor scooter that was turning right.
The motor scooter was driven by Kumiko Kadokawa, 47, of Yokosuka, he said.
“Andersen’s motorcycle skidded for about 150 feet before it hit walls along the road,” the spokesman said, adding that police believe Andersen was traveling at 80 kilometers to 90 kilometers per hour (50 to 56 mph) at the time of the accident.
Kadokawa’s right elbow was dislocated and her left leg bruised, the police spokesman said, adding that the accident remains under police investigation.
Beyond providing Anderson’s name after his immediate family was notified, a Seventh Fleet spokesman declined to comment.
“We can’t discuss any particulars of the incident as it’s still under investigation,” said Chief Petty Officer Rick Chernitzer.
The Cowpens, part of Carrier Strike Group 5, operates out of Yokosuka.