Guam – A dark and winding road with no signs or guardrails, coupled with excessive speeding–that’s what crash investigators believe caused the tragic and fatal car crash that’s left two teenagers dead and another one behind bars.
And now the man behind the wheel, 19-year-old Javon Taitano, may face up to 10 years in prison. Taitano has been charged with two counts vehicular homicide as second degree felonies.
It was just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, when Javon Taitano, and two 17-year-olds, Joziah Blas and Timothy Uy, had just left a party in Manenggon. Just a little over an hour later, a friend who was still at the party received a phone call from Taitano who reported that the three of them had just been involved in an accident, saying “we lost control of the car.”
And based on an investigation, it appears that is what happened. A magistrate report acknowledges that roadway conditions were hazardous that evening. The report says the characteristic of the road was “winding or snakelike and is constructed of asphalt; that there are no roadway markings, posted speed limit signs, guard rails or street lights on this road; that the road was wet at the time of the crash.”
But that’s not all they found. Based on the physical evidence and an analysis of the scene, crash investigators determined that the vehicle had to be traveling at a high rate of speed for it to run off the roadway to the right as it entered a left hand curve. To be exact, police believe Taitano was driving his black Toyota Corolla at 76 miles an hour.
The maximum speed limit on Guam on main highways is 45 miles an hour.
And it seems driving experience may have also played a role in this tragic accident. According to police, Taitano is not a licensed driver. He has his learners permit but wasn’t even carrying it at the time of the crash.
When medics arrived on scene, CPR was already being performed on Blas, who was identified as the rear passenger, while Uy was discovered lifeless on the front passenger seat. Blas was taken to Naval hospital and Uy was taken to GMH. Both were later pronounced dead by attending physicians.
Taitano emerged from accident with only minor injuries. According to medics, he was treated and released.
A month later, Taitano has finally been charged and is appearing in court today where a judge will set bail conditions on the teenager.