San Diego Marine drill instructor dies in motorcycle crash

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SAN DIEGO - A drill instructor from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego died Friday night in a freeway motorcycle crash, military officials said.

Officials identified him as Sgt. Gary G. Wilson, 33, of Fairfield, Connecticut.

Wilson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010 and in 2016 was assigned to the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment at the depot, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.


Prior to being assigned to the recruit depot, Wilson served in the 1st Maintenance Battalion at Camp Pendleton and in the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 and Group 17 in Okinawa, Japan.

The California Highway Patrol said he died in a motorcycle crash on northbound Interstate 15 just north of Rancho California Road after 4:00 Friday afternoon. Officers said he was lane splitting when he collided with a mini van and then lost control of his bike and hit a semi. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Wilson," said Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, commanding general of MCRD San Diego. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly."

Back in September, Wilson was credited with saving two people from a fiery wreck on State Route 163 in Miramar.

“He walked right up to the car. He busted out the window with his elbow. He reached in and he pulled the woman out and he cradle carried her to safety. It was sort of right out of a movie,” Kristina Hill, a witness, said.

Hill told FOX 5 Wilson then went on to pull another woman out of a car.

To prove why Wilson was late to work that day Hill said she wrote a letter to his commanding officer. Hill said a week later Wilson told her he stumbled upon another wreck and performed CPR on a victim who unfortunately did not survive.

"To show the bravery and that selflessness that he just stops to help someone when needed without thought," Hill said.
Hill said she is trying to make sense of why Wilson was taken from this earth so soon.
"I just have to keep the faith that whatever is God's plan is being fulfilled whether that's as an angel," Hill said. "I want him to know and his family to know that he did change the world."
Wilson leaves behind two children.
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