Arrest made in Yona accident that killed two Simon Sanchez High students

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Guam – A man has been arrested on charges related to a fatal accident that happened in Yona a month ago.

Police were seen escorting Javon Taitano, 19, into the Hagatna lockup for processing today. Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says that Taitano was the operator of the vehicle involved in the car accident that claimed the lives of two Simon Sanchez High School students.

Taitano was charged with two counts vehicular homicide, reckless driving with injuries, imprudent driving, in excess of 45 miles per hour is unlawful, no valid driver’s license, learner’s permit not in possession and no seatbelt.

According to police, on October 13 at 11:50 p.m., a black Toyota Corolla was traveling east on Aguon Road in Yona when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway. At the scene, one passenger was found lifeless while the other was rushed to Naval Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle was treated for minor injuries.

The two victims were identified as Timothy Laxamana Uy and Josiah Blas, both of whom were students at Simon Sanchez High School.

 

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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.