The Navy Times reported recently on a traffic accident in the Jacksonville area that took the life of a young sailor stationed aboard a nuclear submarine homeported nearby.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol and the U.S. Navy, the original incident took place between 6:35 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, December 11, 2020 along Interstate 95 in Jacksonville. A 22-year-old man, who was a Petty Officer 2nd Class stationed with the blue crew section of the ballistic missile nuclear submarine USS Alaska, was sitting in traffic in the leftmost southbound lane of Interstate 95 in a Chevy Cruze hatchback. For unknown reasons still under investigation, a Toyota Highlander SUV behind the sailor failed to slow down, slamming into the sailor’s vehicle and sending it hurtling into another vehicle.
The sailor was medically transported to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, where he succumbed two days later due to injuries sustained in the accident, according to a spokesperson from Naval Submarine Group 10, USS Alaska’s parent command.
The young man had just been married in January 2020 and was looking forward to starting a family.
No report was made as to whether charges will be filed in the tragic accident.