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MCRD Drill Instructor Dies in Motorcycle Crash

A Marine drill instructor was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday evening, military officials said.

Sgt. Gary Wilson, 33, of Fairfield, CT, was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 when he crashed, according to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"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."

Two months ago, Wilson saved two people from a burning car on state Route 163, Capt. Martin Harris told NBC 7.

Several cars were involved in the crash just south of state Route 52 around 8 a.m. Sept. 18 and one of the cars caught fire. Wilson pulled two women from the burning wreckage.

Wilson was a drill instructor at MCRD after tours of duty in Okinawa and Camp Pendleton.

He earned two Good Conduct Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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