MEDICAL EXAMINER: 4-Year-Old Girl Died of Fractured Neck and Crushed Abdomen

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Guam – The four-year-old victim in the high-speed car crash that occurred at the Barrigada tri-intersection last week died of a fractured neck and crushed abdomen, says Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola.

The little girl was only strapped into the back seat of the vehicle by a lap belt, Guam Police have stated. The driver of the Toyota Yaris was being chased by police and ran a red light at the tri-intersection, clipping another vehicle before slamming into a concrete pole.

The 28-year-old male driver has not been identified. GMH Nursing Supervisor Glenda Leon Guerrero says the man is still admitted at GMH and listed in stable condition.

GPD Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia says there has not been an update on the man  on whether he will be charged with any crimes. Guam Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident, Balajadia says.

The male driver was initially clocked in at 62 miles per hour prompting a police chase. At the time of impact, police say he was going in excess of 100 mph.

Dr. Espinola says the girl’s death is consistent with the lack of proper restraints. He the sudden movement broke her neck and the impact crushed her abdomen. Guam law requires children of her age to be either in a booster seat or child car seat.