81-year-old man struck by car identified


Guam – The man who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night as he attempted to cross Route 10 in Mangilao has passed away.

According to Guam Police Department Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, an 81-year-old male individual identified as Jesus Taitano Francisco was attempting to cross Route 10 by a 24-hour laundromat when he was struck by a 2009 Toyota Yaris just before 7 p.m.

The vehicle was being driven by a 59-year-old man from Yona. Balajadia states that following the accident, Francisco was unconscious but still breathing heavily while being transported by Medics to Naval Hospital.

On Thursday, Balajadia confirmed that Francisco had passed away.

The Guam highway patrol is conducting an investigation into the accident.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.