21-year-old dies after Detry truck overturns

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Firefighters work to stabilize the overturned truck in order to remove the victim trapped inside. (GFD photo)

The man who lost his life when a commercial truck overturned in Mangilao Thursday afternoon has been identified as Glen Cruz.

The 21-year-old was the passenger of a Detry Plumbing truck that flipped over along Marbo Cave road in Mangilao.

Cruz, who was ejected from his seat, was identified by a co-worker and friend.

PNC tried to get a statement from Detry management but was unable to do so as of newstime.

Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao, in a release, stated that the operator lost control of the truck which ran off the roadway, causing the vehicle to overturn. He said Cruz was pinned under the truck.

Ejected from the vehicle, Cruz was found lifeless and pulseless when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The extent of his injuries prevented EMTs from performing lifesaving measures, said GFD Spokesman Kevin Reily.

Cruz was taken to GMH where he was pronounced dead by attending physicians.

The driver of the vehicle was trapped inside the cab and required the use of the jaws of life and a nearby excavator to remove him from the cab. He was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

GPD says the case is ongoing as investigators have yet to determine if speed, alcohol, or drugs were factors in the crash.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.