Kadena teen dies in van crash in Philippines
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The 14-year-old daughter of an Army Special Forces soldier died in a Dec. 22 auto accident while visiting her father in the Philippines.
Arisa Adams, a Kadena High School student, died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital between Manila and the Subic Bay area, according to information supplied to 18th Wing public affairs and Department of Defense Dependents Schools officials.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Adams was traveling in a contracted van with his wife, Fumi Adams, and four children including Arisa Adams, when a vehicle in front of them stopped short.
Adams’ van driver also stopped short. A bus then struck the van from behind, causing it to roll over twice, an 18th Wing spokesman said.
Fumi Adams suffered a concussion and was kept at the hospital for observation before being released. All others but Arisa survived the accident without serious injuries.
Sgt. Adams had flown his family from Okinawa to the Philippines on Dec. 20 to celebrate the holidays. They were vacationing in the Subic Bay area before heading to Manila on Dec. 22, an 18th Wing spokesman said.
A private memorial service at the family residence on Okinawa was held Wednesday. A public service will be planned after the family returns from a service in Ohio, an 18th Wing spokesman said.
A DODDS spokesman said counselors will be available to any grieving students in need. Students currently are on winter break but return to class Jan. 2.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Adams family and their loved ones over the tragic loss of their daughter,” said Nancy Bresell, director of DODDS Pacific, in a written statement.