By NEMS Daily Journal
TOKYO – Japanese prosecutors charged a U.S. soldier Thursday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on the southern island of Okinawa.
A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Okinawa’s local capital, Naha, said the soldier had been charged with negligence resulting in the Nov. 7 death of a 66-year-old man.
The soldier was identified as Staff Sgt. Clyde Gunn, 27, of Oxford.
Japanese investigators say the soldier raised suspicions when he took his military-registered car, which had dents and blood stains, to a repair shop. Samples collected from the car matched those of the victim, police said.
American service members suspected of committing a crime off-base can be tried in a Japanese court.