The Naval Air Force’s Atlantic Office confirmed a marine sailor died in the storm on Wednesday. The office has not yet been able to identify the sailor.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Atlantic Office of the Naval Air Force mourns the loss of one of its own.
An air squadron spokesman confirmed Thursday that a marine died after a tree fell on his car in Jacksonville on Wednesday during Tropical Storm Elsa.
According to a spokesman for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the man was an airman stationed at NAS Jax.
The Naval Air Force’s Atlantic Office said it has not yet been able to reveal the aviator’s name.
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In a statement released Thursday, a Naval Air Force Atlantic commander said:
“With a heavy heart we can confirm that a sailor from Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron 16 died after the soldier’s car was hit by a falling tree. Initial reports suggest that the tree fell as a result of the storm in connection with tropical storm Elsa. Our thoughts and condolences go with our sailor’s family, friends and staff. “
The soldier was assigned to the “War Eagles” of VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville. VP-16s fly and service the P-8A Poseidon aircraft and their job is to provide naval patrol services to the fleet in support of national interests, the commander said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office said Tuesday that a Dodge Challenger and Toyota Highlander were driving north on the 4900 block of Roosevelt Boulevard in the Ortega area around 3:30 p.m. when a junction fell.
JSO said the Challenger’s roof was torn off the branch and the man in the car was killed by the impact.
The driver of the Highlander was unharmed.
FATAL ACCIDENT: We go live in Ortega at Roosevelt Blvd. and Yacht Club Rd. where @THEJFRD says at least one person died after a tree fell. The northbound lanes on Roosevelt are closed while the crews work in the area. #FCNStorm @ FCN2go pic.twitter.com/RBkxbTY3qc
– Haley Harrison (@HaleyHarrisonTV) July 7, 2021
“It’s awful,” said JSO Lieutenant Bouye.
“It really is, it’s a wicked accident. It’s an act of God. Whatever you want to call it. It comes down and hits the car perfectly and it will end this young man’s life,” said Bouye.
All northbound lanes on Roosevelt Boulevard are closed near Ortega Boulevard & Yacht Club Road following a fatal accident on the Westside. @ FCN2go #TropicalStormElsa #FCNStorm pic.twitter.com/wAEI9y3S9z
– Phillip Emmanuel (@FlyyNewsGuy) July 7, 2021
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said at a news conference Wednesday night he believed the incident was the only known death of Elsa. Curry and other city officials addressed their thoughts and prayers to the aviator’s family on Wednesday evening.