3-year-old run over in Saipan, survives


A disturbance among neighbors in a Saipan village led CNMI authorities to an auto-pedestrian incident involving a toddler.

On Sunday, May 10, at about 6:26 p.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a 911 call about a neighborhood commotion in the village of AS Lito.

A police officer operating their personal vehicle was driving by and responded to the scene.

At the scene, the officer saw a group of individuals yelling towards one another.

The officer learned from the individuals that the disturbance started from the auto-pedestrian accident that occurred just a few minutes earlier.

According to CNMI DPS, the officer received a report that the 3-year-old was playing in the neighbor’s yard with other kids when the homeowner’s daughter was returning from the store. The 19-year-old driver, noticed kids playing in her parent’s yard and waited for them to clear away from the path of the vehicle before proceeding to continue up the driveway.

As the driver began driving forward, the kids began hitting the vehicle and yelling “STOP”. As soon as the driver exited their vehicle, they noticed an adult pulling a 3-year-old child from under the vehicle. Both families began arguing right before the officer arrived on the scene.

The 3-year-old was transported to the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation’s (CHCC) emergency room where the child was treated and admitted for further treatment. The child was reported to be in stable condition.

It was later found that the parents of the 3-year-old were visiting family in the area.

The driver was issued one citation consisting of two (2) violations, this case remains under investigation.

The CNMI Department of Public Safety highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. Our officers are here to help you