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NAPLES, Italy — A U.S. sailor was killed and another sailor and his wife were injured this weekend in a single-car incident as the trio was returning to Naples from the tourist city of Sorrento, U.S. Navy officials said Monday.

Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory William Cooley II, a 28-year-old electronics technician assigned to Task Force 69, a component of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-6th Fleet, died Saturday at an Italian hospital, spokesman Lt. Chris Servello said.

The other sailor, a 2nd class petty officer, was injured and is recuperating at an Italian hospital’s trauma center.

He also is assigned to Task Force 69.

The sailor’s wife sustained non-life threatening injuries and was recuperating Monday at the U.S. Naval Hospital. The names of the injured have not been released.

The collision happened near Sorrento on Saturday night. Initial reports indicate that alcohol was not a factor, Servello said. The crash took place where two roadways converge, and the pavement was wet from rain.

A memorial service for Cooley tentatively is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at the chapel at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples.


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