Guam – 2 men are dead following a traffic accident on Marine Corp Drive in East Hagatna on New Year’s Day. They are the first 2 traffic fatalities of the New Year. There were 15 in all of 2010.
The accident happened just south of the Alupang Beach Cove Condo’s around 11:30 am Saturday morning.
According to a Sunday statement from Guam Police Information Officer A.J. Balajadia, a northbound, grey 1989 Mazda pickup, strayed across the medium line into the southbound lane of Route 1, striking a southbound, white 2003 Toyota Tacoma, owned by International Wines & Spirits [IWS].
The driver, and only occupant, of the IWS pickup walked away from the accident. GPD Officer Allan Guzman said Saturday that that driver was later seen and released from GMH with only minor injuries.
The 2 dead were among 5 men in the Mazda pickup, all of whom were taken to GMH for treatment.
2 of the 5 men in the Mazda were up front in the cab. The 3 others were in the back, and they were all thrown from the bed of the pickup on impact. Officer Guzman told PNC News Saturday “They were spilled all over the road.”
GMH Nursing Supervisor Sally Mangrobang Sunday said one of the dead, a 37 year old man, died at 2 am Sunday morning. Another 38 year old man passed away at 4:30 am Sunday.
A third man remains hospitalized in stable condition but is well enough to walk around. Mangrobang said he was interviewed about the accident Sunday morning by Guam Police. The 2 other men have been released from the hospital.
Officer Balajadia reports the 2 that died were Chuukese and both were sitting in the back bed of the pickup. None of the names of any of the victims have been released.
Guam Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Officer Guzman said that speed, alcohol and the question of seat belt usage are all being examined as factors in the crash.