Four airmen assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico were involved in a crash that killed a woman, which police are investigating as a possible street racing incident.
Albuquerque Police Department officials said that a vehicle containing the four airmen struck a female pedestrian crossing an Albuquerque street before crashing into an apartment building.
"There is a possibility based on preliminary statements on scene that it MAY have been a case of two cars racing, that is still under investigation," said Gilbert Gallegos Jr., a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department. "The four occupants of the Subaru are not in custody. Any charges towards the driver will be addressed after the complete investigation."
Police have not released the name of the woman who was killed because she has not been identified, so her next of kin have not been notified yet, Gallegos said in a statement.
"It will take some time to reconstruct and I do not have a timeline," Gallegos said. "This is an ongoing case that our motors team is investigating. After the investigation if there are any charges applicable it will be sent to the DAs office for review."
The four airmen involved are assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing, said Kirtland Air Force Base spokesman Carl Grusnick, who declined to provide any other information until they are identified by Albuquerque police.
While Grusnick said that at least three of the airmen remain hospitalized, he declined to say whether the airmen may have been street racing at the time of the deadly crash because Albuquerque police are still investigating the matter.
Cell phone footage obtained by local news station KOB shows the car's passengers collecting themselves in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
An APD spokesman told KOAT-TV that "for many officers there at the scene of the crash it was the most horrific one they'd ever seen."
UPDATE: This story was updated on March 25 with comments from Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos Jr.
In a scathing letter, a top Navy legal official on Sunday expressed "grave ethical concerns" over revelations that government prosecutors used tracking software in emails to defense lawyers in ongoing cases involving two Navy SEALs in San Diego.
The letter, written by David G. Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Navy's Defense Service Offices, requested a response by Tuesday from the Chief of the Navy's regional law offices detailing exactly what type of software was used and what it could do, who authorized it, and what controls were put in place to limit its spread on government networks.
"As our clients learn about these extraordinary events in the media, we are left unarmed with any facts to answer their understandable concerns about our ability to secure the information they must trust us to maintain. This situation has become untenable," Wilson wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Task & Purpose on Monday.
Riley Howell, the Army ROTC cadet shot and killed while restraining an active shooter at UNC Charlotte on April 30, was posthumously awarded the ROTC Medal of Heroism earlier this month for his heroic sacrifice, the Army announced.
The head of naval aviation has directed the creation of a new process for approving and reviewing pilots' call signs after two African-American aviators at an F/A-18 Hornet training squadron in Virginia filed complaints alleging racial bias in the unit, from which they said they were unfairly dismissed.
In a formal endorsement letter signed May 13, Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Naval Air Forces, said he found the two aviators, a Navy lieutenant and a Marine Corps captain, were correctly removed from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 out of Naval Air Station Oceana due to "substandard performance," despite errors and inconsistencies discovered in the grading and ranking process.
However, Miller said he did find inappropriate conduct by instructor pilots who did not treat the pilots-in-training "with appropriate dignity and respect," using discriminatory call signs and having inappropriate and unprofessional discussions about them on social media.