Arrest made in 5th traffic fatality of the year


Richard Dayday Austria was charged with negligent homicide.

Guam – Officers have made an arrest in the auto pedestrian accident which occurred in Mangliao last month.

According to Guam Police Department Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, 40-year-old Richard Dayday Austria has been arrested for the fatal accident that took the life of 46-year-old Roke Rokop.

Balajadia says that on June 10, Austria was operating a Mitsubishi Montero on Route 10 in front of Uncle Cho’s Mart when he struck the victim as he attempted to cross. The victim later died from his injuries. This marks the fifth traffic fatality of the year.

Austria is charged with vehicular homicide, negligent homicide, reckless driving, reckless driving with injuries, and speeding in a posted zone. He was booked and confined.

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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.