Naples sailor’s sister suffers an aneurysm
The sister of a Naples sailor seriously burned in a June 12 car crash suffered an aneurysm while visiting her in San Antonio, where she is being treated.
Memory Ward, sister of Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber Ward, suffered the aneurysm while at a hotel, according to Army officials. Her condition was unavailable.
Amber Ward is listed in critical condition at Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit, which is in the central Texas city.
A Omaha, Neb., TV station reported that the Wards’ parents are in San Antonio with the women. The sisters are from Blair, Neb., about 20 miles north of Omaha.
Amber Ward, 24, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Darnicia Clay, 20, survived a fiery crash that killed three other Naples sailors. Both were pulled from the burning vehicle by a member of the base’s security department, who was in another car.
They were taken to a local Italian hospital and later flown to Landstuhl Region Medical Center in Germany, then on to San Antonio.
Clay is still listed in critical condition.
Killed were Seaman Chad Creary, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a cryptologic technician assigned to the Naval Security Group Activity; Seaman Damein D. Verrett, 22, of Los Angeles, a dental technician assigned to the Branch Dental Clinic; and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brittany M. Smith, 20, of Benbrook, Texas, a master-at-arms with the base Security Department.
Italian officials have not determined the cause of the crash, Naples public affairs officer Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Braun said Thursday.