A sailor who joined the service earlier this year died Nov. 16 after a car crash in Virginia, state police confirmed this week.
Fire Controlman AEGIS Seaman Apprentice David A. Suescun, 19, was driving a 2010 Acura sedan at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 16 in King George County when he lost control of the car, ran off the road and struck a tree, according to state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Suescun died at the scene and an injured passenger was taken to a nearby hospital, she said.
While the crash remains under investigation, speed is believed to have played a role in the accident, Geller said.
A New Jersey native, Suescun enlisted in January and had been a student at the AEGIS Training Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, since October, according to his service records.
Acura vehicles are manufactured by Honda.
Suescun’s death became the sixth private motor vehicle fatality in the Navy since the start of Fiscal Year 2019 on Oct. 1, according to military data.
Naval Safety Center records show that 30 sailors died in private motor vehicle accidents during the previous fiscal year.
Suescun’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Burial will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in nearby Wrightstown, according to his funeral notice.