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Sailor, civilian die in separate motorcycle accidents

Date Posted: 2009-03-27

A U.S. Navy corpsman was killed Sunday when his motorcycle went out of control in Kitanakagusuku, while a 24-year-old Okinawan died after being struck by an automobile in Urasoe City.

Petty Officer First Class Robin White Jr. was died a little more than an hour after losing control of his motorcycle on the way toward Toguchi Intersection in Nakjun, Kitanakagusuku. Authorities say the 35-year-old sailor, serving as the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Surface Coordinator for Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, had been coming down a long slope on the road when he lost control, was thrown from his motorcycle, and crashed into a tree. He was taken to Chubuto Kusyokai Hospital in Urasoe City, where he was pronounced dead at 7:23 a.m.

A 24-year-old Okinawan was killed also on Sunday after being struck by a car that had veered out of control and crossed into his traffic lane. Ryota Karimata died shortly after the accident in Maeda, Urasoe City. Police say Karimata’s motorcycle was struck head-on by the car traveling in the wrong lane. A second car struck Karimata as he lay on the street.

Petty Officer White, who’s been serving in Okinawa since last July, was responsible for 151 sailors assigned to CLR-37 earning their Fleet Marine Force pin. The Ponchatoula, Louisiana native had served in the Navy since 1992. His awards include the Navy and marine Corps Achievement Medal (4th award), Navy Good Conduct Medal 5th award, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, the Irqi Campaign Medal with Eagle, Globe and Anchor, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Both accidents remain under investigation.

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