Man dies in Tamuning car crash

Scene of fatal auto crash near Great National Insurance on Chalan San Antonio in Tamuning this morning. (Photo: Allan Balbin, Chief Photographer, PNC)

Guam – A 24-year-old man is dead after an early morning car crash on Chalan San Antonio in Tamuning. Pacific News Center has identified the decedent but confirmation from authorities has yet to be approved. At a quarter past nine o’clock this morning, a nursing supervisor at Guam Memorial Hospital would neither confirm nor deny the name of the crash victim, because she was still awaiting family consent to release the name.

Guam Fire Dept. Spokesman Kevin Reilly first alerted media at 7:08 this morning that GFD units had responded to an “auto vs pole” motor vehicle crash in front of Great National Insurance on Rte. 14. Reilly said the operator and sole occupant was transported to GMH with CPR being conducted en route after CPR aid had already been administered at the crash site. As late as 8:00 a.m. Chalan San Antonio was completely blocked with yellow police tape as highway investigators conducted their investigation.

“At around 430am, officers from the Tumon Precinct  Command responded to an ‘auto-ran off roadway’ crash on Chalan San Antonio, Tamuning by E. Espiritu St.,” Guam Police Dept. Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said.

“The preliminary report suggests that the male operator of a black Toyota  Yaris was traveling south on Chalan San Antonio when the operator lost control and ran off the roadway and onto the northbound lane.  As a result, the Yaris collided with a concrete utility pole.  The operator was transported to Guam Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced  deceased by attending ER physicians.

“GPD’s Highway Patrol Division have assumed the case and have yet to determine if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

“This case remains open.”