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Drunk driving suspected in fatal car crash

Date Posted: 2008-03-28

Okinawa police are considering alcohol and speeding as factors in an early Sunday morning car crash outside Camp Foster than killed a 17-year-old dependent and injured another.
The driver, 20-year-old James Yeakey, is under investigation by police, who think he may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time his Toyota Celica struck and jumped a median on Highway 330 near the Exchange Gate to Camp Foster, then slammed into a truck. Police say no charges have been filed pending their investigation, which Friday was to return to the accident scene with Yeakey.
Teenager John Hall was killed in the crash, while a second 17-year-old is hospitalized in serious condition at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa. Both Hall and the other boy were students at Kubasaki High School. Hall had been a front seat passenger at the time of the collision. The 1:10 a.m. accident was after the midnight curfew imposed on military dependents.
Yeakey was released from the hospital after suffering minor injuries. Police say Yeakey was formerly employed on base. His blood content, they say, was above legal limits, an offense that could lead to up to three years in jail and up to 500,000 in fines. Based on skid marks at the scene, police believe Yeakey was driving close to 100kph when he struck a car ahead of him, then carooned into, and then across, the median.
Neither the driver of the car rear-ended was seriously injured.

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