Driver in fatal car accident identified


Guam – Did alcohol, drugs or speed play a role in the island’ latest traffic fatality? That is the question the Guam Police Department seeks to answer as they investigate the tragic accident.

Just before midnight last night a 22- year old man identified as Preston Hale was operating a gray Toyota Hilux pickup traveling west on Route 15 or back road to Anderson when he lost control of his vehicle.

According to GPD Spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao, as the vehicle ran off the roadway it overturned, coming to a final rest along the eastbound shoulder.

Hale was found unconscious and without a pulse. Attempts to resuscitate him while en route to the Guam Memorial Hospital were unsuccessful. Attending GMH physicians pronounced the him dead at 12:55 this morning.

According Chief Medical Examiner Doctor Aurelio Espinola, Hale died as a result of a skull fracture, broken neck and crushed chest.

The case is under investigation.

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.