In 1998, Randall Eskridge, a Flight Equipment Technician in the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 based out of Okinawa. On October 7, 1998, while driving drunk, he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. His car struck Yuki Uema, an 18-year-old Japanese high school student, who was riding her motorcycle home. After hitting her, Eskridge did not stop to help her. Uema was in a coma for a week and died from complications of her injuries. The incident followed upon the infamous 1995 Okinawan rape incident, where on September 4, 1995, three U.S. servicemen rented a van and kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old 6th-grade Japanese girl. The Eskridge car crash caused an uproar in Okinawa due to the raw emotion in the Okinawan population after the rape incident, the fact the Marines refused to hand over Eskridge, and continued opposition to the American presence in Japan.