Kitty Hawk sailor, struck by car, in critical condition
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Kitty Hawk sailor was in critical condition Thursday after being struck by a car outside Yokosuka Naval Base on Wednesday night.
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Richard Wagner, 24, sustained serious injuries and was receiving treatment in a Yokosuka hospital, according to Kitty Hawk spokesman Chief Petty Officer Jason Chudy.
Wagner was hit by a car driven by a Japanese man around 11 p.m. while he was in a Route 16 intersection near the base’s Womble Gate.
Wagner was with another Kitty Hawk sailor in the crosswalk who was unharmed, Chudy said.
According to a Kanagawa Prefectural police spokesman, driver Akimasa Kasai, 42, of Yokosuka, was traveling east when Wagner was crossing the intersection. Kasai stopped after the accident and an ambulance transported Wagner to Kyosai Hospital. The sailor suffered fractures to the head and neck, the police spokesman said.
Alcohol and speeding were not factors and the driver was not taken into custody, the police spokesman said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, he said.
Wagner works as a machinist’s mate in the aircraft carrier’s engineering department, according to a Kitty Hawk news release. His family has been notified and are on their way to Japan, Chudy said.
Japanese authorities will have primary jurisdiction over the accident, and U.S. Navy officials will assist with the investigation as needed, the release said.