AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman injured last week remains in serious condition at an Italian hospital, a week after becoming one of the latest casualties in an ongoing problem with automobile accidents.
Senior Airman Angela Strotz is assigned to the 31st Comptroller Squadron and her condition hasn’t changed, according to the base’s public affairs office.
Airmen attended a mandatory safety briefing last week following 12 major automobile accidents involving members of the 31st Fighter Wing since the beginning of June. Among them was a June 16 accident that killed Tech. Sgt. Michael Knight, his wife, Laura, and their unborn child. The couple’s 3-year-old son, Alex, was injured in the accident and will live with family members in the States.
Airmen attended a large basewide gathering and received safety briefings in their individual units.
Another safety day set for Friday had been previously scheduled and is not directly related to the recent incidents, according to Maj. Eric Elliott, the chief of public affairs.
Active-duty personnel and civilians assigned to Aviano have averaged more than 700 accidents — both major and minor — each year since 2000. The base generally defines major accidents as those resulting in an injury or substantial damage to a vehicle.
Lt. Col. Todd Phinney, the base’s chief of safety, said at a safety briefing in early May that there had been 66 major vehicle accidents in the fiscal year, which had the base on target for slightly less than the 151 major accidents that occurred in the previous fiscal year.