Naples sailor dies in vehicle crash near support site
August 5, 2013
NAPLES, Italy — A sailor here died Saturday in an early-morning vehicle crash not far from the Navy’s family housing and support site.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Philip A. Bordeaux, 22, a master-at-arms, died after his vehicle crashed around 5 a.m. Saturday on highway SS7 in Gricignano di Aversa, just north of Naples, according to a spokeswoman for Naval Support Activity Naples.
Navy and Italian investigators have released few details about the accident as they look into its cause, according to the spokeswoman, Navy Lt. Liza Dougherty. A local Italian news website reported that Bordeaux’s Ford Puma struck a guardrail and left the road near the Gricignano exit.
Bordeaux was assigned to NSA Naples, where he worked at the base in Capodichino and the larger support site to the north, in Gricignano di Aversa. He joined the Navy in 2009 and reported to Naples in June 2012, according to Dougherty.
A Facebook page created Saturday, “In Memory of Philip Bordeaux,” had more than 1,200 “likes” by Monday afternoon and included photos and stories from his Navy career.
The command will hold a memorial for Bordeaux on Friday at 3 p.m. at the support site chapel, Dougherty said.
The fatal crash is the second this year in the Naples community. Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawn E. Holt, 36, died in January in an early-morning head-on collision while driving on a rain-flooded road toward work at the Capodichino base.
Stars and Stripes reporter Sandra Jontz contributed to this report.