New Prague sailor dies in motorcycle crash

A 19-year-old sailor from New Prague was killed Monday, May 26, in a motorcycle crash in Ramona, CA, a suburb of San Diego.

EN3 Daniel J. Otto, son of Willis Bill Otto of Anchorage, AK, and Diane Otto of New Prague, died, and two companions were injured when their bikes tried to avoid a car that had stopped suddenly in front of them on Julian Road about 4 p.m. on Memorial Day.

According to witnesses, the car stopped with no warning on the road and four motorcycles, which were following single file behind the car, tried to avoid the crash. One of the riders managed to avoid the crash, two of them hit the vehicle and were injured and Otto attempted to brake and lost control of his bike. He was thrown from the bike and died from his injuries.

Otto was a member of the New Prague High School Class of 2007. He enlisted in the Navy in June 2006, following his junior year in high school. He entered the service less than a month after graduating from New Prague High School.

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