Man dies after his vehicle strikes a concrete pole

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Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck this utility pole. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

A life was lost in an early morning single-car crash on the back road to Andersen. Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, an unidentified man lost control of his vehicle on Route 15 in Yigo. Police Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says that when officers arrived they found a white sedan crashed into the concrete power pole.

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“A lifeless male was found within the car … at which time our officers proceeded to activate GPD’s Highway Patrol Division. Subsequent to finding the lifeless male operator, he was transported by GFD medics to the GMH morgue. No other life-saving measures were performed from the site of the crash to the hospital,” Tapao said

This is the eighth traffic-related fatality for the island this year. Tapao says this is concerning as it’s only been four months since the beginning of the year. He adds that this is one of the many reasons GPD has stepped up its speed and DWI enforcement efforts. In fact, DWI checkpoints will begin this evening.

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“As with all investigations we have to wait for an autopsy to be conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death,” Tapao said.

Tapao says they are waiting for the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports to determine if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. He adds that they are also waiting for autopsy results from the Asan fatal crash and the pedestrian accident in Agana.

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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.