Motorcyclist identified in tragic crash in Tumon


A fatal motorcycle crash has claimed the life of a 35-year-old man who has been identified as David Coplin Sr.

Guam – Pictures of a single motorcycle crash in Tumon indicate that the motorcyclist may not have been wearing a helmet as the lid is strapped to the bike.

Medical Examiner Doctor Aurelio Espinola confirmed the identity of the operator as David Coplin Sr.

Coplin was riding his 2008 Kawasaki GX traveling south bound by Outrigger early this morning. According to GPD Spokesperson AJ Balajadia, the motorcyclist lost control of his bike striking the curb and ultimately colliding with a fire hydrant.

He further stated that the operator appeared to have sustained skull fractures and head trauma, he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Espinola determined that Coplin’s death was due to a skull fracture.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.