GPD: Car crash fatality died of natural causes

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Santa Rita fatal crash (PNC file photo)

The driver in Tuesday’s fatal car crash in Santa Rita died of natural causes, according to the Guam Police Department.

GPD has wrapped up its investigation on the crash and identified the lone fatality as 37-year-old Mark Anthony Napalan, the driver of the vehicle.

Napalan’s vehicle ran off the roadway in Santa Rita and collided with a shipping container.

Sgt. Paul Tapao, GPD spokesman, said that Napalan died of acute coronary occlusion or heart attack. The autopsy findings prompted the department to reclassify the investigation from a fatal crash to an injured person case.

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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.