Misawa sailor may be charged in suspected hit-and-run
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Prosecutors in northern Japan will determine whether to charge a sailor assigned to the base in a suspected hit-and-run.
Landers Nelson, 24, a petty officer 2nd class with Commander Task Force 57/72 at Naval Air Facility Misawa, is under investigation after he allegedly struck a car driven by Naomi Nakamura on a Misawa road on Sept. 4 and fled on foot. The 32-year-old Misawa woman broke a toe.
Misawa police say Nelson’s car also ran into the showroom of a nearby car dealership, damaging four cars and a light.
Nelson has not been in police custody.
On Monday, Misawa police sent a paper to the Aomori District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Hachinohe. A Misawa police spokesman said Nelson is suspected of professional negligence resulting in bodily injury and violation of the Road Traffic Law for leaving the scene.
The spokesman did not know the cost of damages at the car dealership because compensation was being worked out between the owner and Nelson.
Misawa police said Nelson turned himself in the next day to U.S. military police at Misawa.
Shortly after the incident, Brig. Gen. Sam Angelella, 35th Fighter Wing commander, ordered the base’s first-ever liberty-card program for all military personnel. The program also came on the heels of several drunk-driving cases over the Labor Day weekend.
Asked if Nelson faced or would face disciplinary action from the military, Navy officials said only that the incident remains under investigation.