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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Kitty Hawk sailor was in Japanese custody Tuesday after being involved in an automobile crash that left a 64-year-old Japanese national dead.

A Japanese ship repair facility worker at Yokosuka and his 8-year-old son also sustained minor injuries in the crash, Navy officials said. They were treated at released at a Japanese hospital.

The sailor, a petty officer second class, was not injured.

The names of the crash victims were not immediately available.

The three-car crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the residential area of Mabori-Kaigan, about 5 miles south of the base, a Navy official said.

“It appears he did run a red light,” Seventh Fleet spokesman Commander Scott Gureck said.

Alcohol was not believed to have been a factor, Gureck said.

Japanese police were expected to decide Tuesday whether to turn the sailor over to U.S. custody.


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