A junior sailor died late last month in Virginia Beach after he fell from the roof of a moving pickup truck, according to Navy officials and police.
Virginia Beach Police Department spokeswoman Linda Kuehn told Navy Times that Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman Apprentice Trevor A. Bailey died early on Oct. 28.
Bailey, 20, jumped into the bed of a pickup truck just after 1 a.m. as its owner — another sailor — got in to leave an apartment complex in the 600 block of Chapel Lake Drive, just north of Naval Air Station Oceana, Kuehn said in an email.
“(Bailey) was sitting on the roof of the truck as it was in motion,” Kuehn said. “The driver of the vehicle slowed to a stop as it came to an intersection, causing Mr. Bailey to be thrown from where he was sitting, ultimately landing on the pavement.”
Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.
The driver of the truck, Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kyle A. Osborne, 23, was charged with driving under the influence, Kuehn said.
Any additional Navy discipline Osborne might face in connection to Bailey’s death will be assessed after the civilian case ends, according to Navy spokeswoman Beth Baker.
Both men were assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, according to service records.
Originally from Jackson County in West Virginia, Bailey enlisted in 2016 and made E-2 in September.
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