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    Posted: 16 Jul 2019 at 9:48am

A sailor dead in Bahrain and the ‘slap on the wrist’ for the Saudi who killed him


Engineman 2nd Class Austin Williams had been in Bahrain for only three weeks when a Saudi driver killed him.

The 22-year-old enjoyed his work on the mine countermeasures ship Sentry and was still discovering the Persian Gulf island nation, home to the Navy’s 5th Fleet. It was far from his hometown of Freeport, Maine, but his family said he’d enlisted to see the world.

Williams had already made some friends in the barracks and was out barhopping with them on the night of April 5, 2018, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service report obtained by Navy Times.

As midnight neared, they opted to jaywalk across Manama’s Awal Avenue and grab a round at Wrangler, a popular bar just down the road from the base.

Williams made it to the median and stepped back into the four-lane thoroughfare, where he was struck by a Chevrolet Caprice, witnesses told NCIS investigators.

“The next thing I recall is hearing a horn, tires screeching and impact,” one of the sailors said. “I immediately ran to EN2 Williams after he hit the ground…he laid in a pool of blood."

Bahraini authorities later estimated the car, driven by a 27-year-old Saudi man, was traveling between 50 - 75 miles per hour.

The force of the impact hurled Williams 90 feet into a dirt parking lot, where he was declared dead.

But the Williams say there was no justice for their son.

The driver posted bail shortly after the accident and fled back to Saudi Arabia, never to return for his trial, according to Amin.

Despite his absence, a court in Bahrain convicted him of manslaughter and other charges, she said, but the sentence shocked both the petty officer’s family and Navy attorneys monitoring the case.

The Saudi man’s license to drive a vehicle in Bahrain was suspended for six months and he was fined about $1,300.

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