Sailor, wife die when car slips off cliff on honeymoon
July 15, 2004
A USS Emory S. Land sailor and his new wife were killed Sunday after their sport utility vehicle fell off a cliff in central Washington state.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Zechariah West and his wife, Adrienne, were married June 25 in Wisconsin and had been honeymooning in Washington.
The 21-year-old petty officer was a Lake Bay, Wash., native. His wife was from Kenosha, Wis.
West was a welder in the repair department of the Emory S. Land, which is based in La Maddalena, Sardinia. He had been in the Navy for nearly three years and was stationed aboard the ship for more than two years.
According to an Associated Press article, the two were trying to turn their vehicle around on a forest service road about 2 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle’s right wheel went off the road and they fell about 300 feet into the Cle Elum River.
Friends who witnessed the accident drove to a ranger station and called for help.
The couple was planning to move to Land’s home port of La Maddalena after the honeymoon.
Funerals are scheduled in both Washington and Wisconsin. They will be buried together in western Wisconsin.