Police name Marine major as suspect in Okinawa hit-and-run

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Police name Marine major as suspect in Okinawa hit-and-run

by: Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 12, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa police say a Marine Corps major assigned to Camp Courtney has admitted his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a 67-year-old man unconscious in Okinawa city.

Maj. John Jeonghoon Ahn, 40, was identified by prefectural police Wednesday as the driver who allegedly struck a moped from behind on Highway 75 north around 5 a.m. on Dec. 4.

Police said Ahn was traveling to work from his home on Camp Kinser. They matched a side mirror found at the scene to Ahn’s car. Police claim he later confessed, telling them that he fled out of fear.

Police officials said there was no indication of alcohol involvement.

The driver of the moped, Seiki Kamimura, of Okinawa city, remained unconscious in a local hospital Thursday, police said. They have yet to refer the case to the Naha public prosecutor’s office.

Ahn is in U.S. military custody pending charges, police said.

Marine Corps officials did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

burke.matt@stripes.com