Sailor injured in motorcycle crash in Bahrain
March 1, 2003
MANAMA, Bahrain — A U.S. Navy sailor is in intensive care at a Bahrain hospital after suffering severe injuries in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday.
U.S. Navy officials confirms that Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Freeman, 39, was involved in a car accident with a local Bahraini man. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Bahraini authorities, said Navy Lt. Chris Davis, spokesman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet.
Freeman, a native of Jamaica, N.Y., is assigned to Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.
Freeman was injured when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a sport utility vehicle in Jaffair, the neighborhood in Manama surrounding the Navy’s base. Davis said blame has not been assigned in the accident; alcohol was ruled out as a contributing factor.
Freeman suffered extensive injuries including a broken pelvis and wounds to his neck and legs.
“The hospital is looking to move the sailor into general care in the next couple days,” Davis said. “Doctors expect he’ll make a full recovery.”
Local newspapers said the driver of the sport utility vehicle, a 30-year-old Bahraini woman, was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.
There are about 4,000 sailors and Marines assigned to Bahrain, which serves as a headquarters for Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf and a command post for Marines in the Central Command region.