AAFES employee dies in Okinawa motorcycle accident
December 31, 2003
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Army and Air Force Exchange Service employee died early Sunday morning of massive chest injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in the Goya District of Okinawa City, Okinawan officials said.
Okinawa City Police officials said 47-year-old Samuel Lewis, the Sales Support Manager for AAFES’s New Car Sales, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle near the Koza Golf Driving Range when he struck a parked car along the road at 2:08 a.m.
He was thrown from the motorcycle and died almost immediately, according to the police report. He was transported to Chubu Tokushukai Hospital in Okinawa City where he was pronounced dead at 3:12 a.m.
The 51-year-old Japanese national driver of the car, whose name has not been released, was napping in the car at the time of the accident, police said.
Police said the driver sustained minor cuts from broken glass and was treated and released; he was investigated for illegal parking.
Okinawa police said they’ll conduct a blood alcohol test on Lewis’ body.
Lewis had worked for AAFES New Car Sales for about 30 days, according to AAFES spokesperson Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Glenn. He came to the job after working at the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.
According to Bob Hagan of AAFES New Car Sales on Okinawa, Lewis retired from the Marine Corps in 1997 as a major. His wife and two children are on Okinawa, Hagan said. Two other sons are in the States.
“He was a tremendous person and a great asset to us,” said Hagan. “Even though he was only here for a month, he was very helpful and we’re going to miss him. It’s affecting us hard here.”
As of Monday afternoon, no memorial service had been scheduled.