Guam – At last police have positively identified the man who died in a Wednesday morning car crash as 24-year-old Dylan Peter Roberto. GPD Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao has confirmed that an autopsy has been performed, noting the death was due to a crushed chest and broken back.
The accident happened in the early hours before sunup in Tamuning. According to Guam Fire Dept. Spokesman Kevin Reilly, Roberto lost control of his auto sometime before 4:30 this morning.
Police Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said the sedan was traveling southbound on Route 14, Chalan San Antonio, when the operator lost control, ran off the roadway through the oncoming northbound lane, and smacked into a power pole at the corner of E. Espiritu St. by Great National Insurance.
“And based on the evidence, we’ve determined that at the time of the crash…the road surface was wet,” Tapao said. “These are some of the factors that need to be factored into our investigation: again, speed, alcohol, drugs, or driver error have yet to be determined.
“Now, when our officers arrived, they were met by GFD medics who were tending to a lone occupant of a black Toyota Yaris. The occupant, a 24-year-old male occupant, was listed as unconscious and unresponsive.”
Initial attempts were made to revive Roberto on the scene. CPR was then conducted on him inside the ambulance as emergency responders rushed him to Guam Memorial Hospital, where attending physicians pronounced the victim dead.
GFD was already dispatching emergency medical technicians by 4:25 this morning, and by well after daybreak, highway investigators were still on the scene of road-blocked Rte 14 and didn’t leave until after 9:00 a.m. When PNC returned to the crash site by 10:00 o’clock in the morning, first responders were long gone, but telltale signs of the accident and investigation remained crystal clear.
“Orange markings on the Chalan San Antonio pavement where Roberto crashed, debris scattered by the curbside where San Antonio meets Espiritu, plus the fresh markings on the concrete power pole into which the Yaris had just crashed.
“This is our 20th fatal crash for the year 2018…be extra careful out on the roadways while we are celebrating the holiday season,” Tapao cautioned motorists. “You know, if you are going to celebrate, please be responsible, give the gift of life, and designate a responsible, sober driver.”
Our condolences to the Roberto family.