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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa police are questioning an Okinawa man who allegedly left the scene of an accident that severely injured the wife of a Marine.

According to Okinawa prefectural police, Erin Harding, 36, was riding her bicycle about 5 a.m. Thursday heading south along Highway 58 near the commissary gate to Camp Foster when she was struck by a car that sped away.

Harding was on her way to the Camp Foster pool to train for the Half Ironman Contest on Izena Island in October, her husband, Maj. Todd Harding said in a telephone interview Monday evening.

She was rushed to the U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Lester, where she is in the intensive care ward being treated for several serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis, fractured left hip, three fractured vertebrae and a sprained right shoulder, her husband said.

She is scheduled to be transferred to the Balboa Medical Center in San Diego later this week. Harding said he is having his tour curtailed after five years on Okinawa and is being reassigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to be near his wife during what is expected to be a lengthy recovery.

"Our lives have been turned upside down in a matter of seconds," said Harding, 40, assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base.

The driver of the car turned himself in Thursday evening at the Okinawa City police station, where he was questioned and released. He faces a possible charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.


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