CHATAN, Okinawa — A 21-year-old Marine was injured late Thursday while crossing Highway 58 near the Kitamae Gate to Camp Foster.
Lance Cpl. Matt Clark, assigned to Marine Aircraft Logistics Squadron 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, was struck by a car driven by a Japanese man at 11:45 p.m. in front of what is also called the Foster Commissary Gate, a spokesman for the Okinawa prefectural police in Okinawa City said.
According to the police report, Clark was not in a pedestrian crosswalk when he headed across the six-lane highway toward the gate and was hit by a southbound car. The 39-year-old driver did not see him in time to stop completely, the police spokesman said.
The accident remains under investigation.
Clark was rushed to the U.S. Naval Hospital on nearby Camp Lester. A police spokesman said the Marine’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening.
A hospital spokesman said Clark remained in the hospital Friday andwas being treated for multiple contusions. He and was listed in stable condition.
Witnesses at the scene said Clark had been clubbing with some friends at one of the local hangoutswhen he left to get some more money back on base. They described the impact as being withhaving such force that Clark was sent airborne over the car, his white athletic shoes flying off in different directions.