NASA MSFC Internal Memo Regarding Darren Spurlock and Kathleen Lundy

Status Report From: Marshall Space Flight Center
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2008

I am sure that today is a day of unrest around the center, and rightly so. Even after a successful space shuttle launch on Saturday, the tragic automobile accident on Friday that resulted in the death of our co-worker and friend, Darren Spurlock and injury of Kathleen Lundy, has us all feeling down, and asking questions about how and why. Sometimes we don't know the answers to all of these questions. I will tell you that I spoke with Major General Myles of Redstone Arsenal this morning about the incident, and the Army is launching a formal investigation into the circumstances leading up to the accident. Please know that we will be working with the Army to help ensure the safety of our Marshall workforce.

This is a time when we are all hurting and need to be there and lean on each other. Please take the time to talk about this among your work groups, and know that we will get through it together. My heart goes out to Darren's family. Let's keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

The following message was requested to be forwarded to all Redstone employees and I wanted to relay this information to you as quickly as possible.


Message from Major General James Myles:

A tenet of Redstone Arsenal is to provide a safe environment for Soldiers, our employees, family members and visitors. That tenet was challenged Friday when several members of the Team Redstone family were involved in an accident that led to the death of Mr. Darren Spurlock from NASA and the injury of two others. Alice and I join the entire Redstone community in extending our deepest sympathy and prayerful condolences to Mr. Spurlock's family members and friends, as well as to the others who were injured in the accident.

I am truly saddened by these events and am committed to thoroughly investigate the situation, discover the cause and work to prevent future incidents like this from occurring. This journey has already begun.

Although details are being validated for accuracy, I can tell you that a Huntsville police chase through Gate 1 on Martin Road led to a fatal multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of Martin and Rideout roads on post. Concrete barriers at Gate 1 did what they were designed to do and slowed the vehicle. However, progress was not stopped. Right now, we're reviewing our policies and procedures to determine our best course of action. In the meantime actions have already been taken to mitigate potential vulnerabilities as a result of this tragic incident.

We are also working closely with federal authorities and the Huntsville Police Department to thoroughly investigate Friday's incident. We remain committed to the safety of those who live and work on Redstone Arsenal.

James R. Myles
Major General, USA

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