Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Canadian naval officer killed in San Francisco hit and run

This had not appeared on the DND site at time of writing.
An Esquimalt-based naval officer was killed early Saturday morning in a hit-and-run accident in San Francisco.

Lieut. Mark Ashley, 27, was on shore leave and probably returning to HMCS Calgary when he was struck in a crosswalk about 1:50 a.m. by a silver or grey Mercedes-Benz heading south on the Embarcadero. Ashley hit the windshield and was sent flying through the air.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It's mystifying that DND would not announce that one of Canada's major warships had just lost its above-water warfare officer.

Something even stranger however, appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.

[Commander Kelly] Larkin said the ship arrived Friday afternoon in San Francisco and is scheduled to depart Tuesday, with a destination of "one of the world hot spots."

I know Kelly Larkin well enough to know he's not above dropping something like "one of the world hot spots" on a reporter as a joke. He could mean anything from Pearl Harbor, which would certainly be hot, to Bahrain, which would be even hotter.

A search of authoritative sources produces nothing.


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