Two pedestrians’ lives claimed in separate fatal accidents

(PNC file photo)

Guam – Two fatal accidents claimed the lives of two pedestrians Saturday on different stretches of Route 1. The first accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on in Anigua. The second accident occurred around 9 p.m. in by the Yigo Payless.

Anigua fatality

Guam Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao stated that officers from the GPD Hagatna Precinct Command responded to an auto-pedestrian accident which occurred along Rt. 1 Marine Corps Drive, outside the District Court of Guam. According to the preliminary investigation, a black Honda Pilot was traveling eastbound on the inner lane of Rt. 1 when a female pedestrian was attempting to cross the street.

The female pedestrian was struck in the inner lane of travel by the Honda Pilot, said Tapao. The victim was transported to Naval Hospital Guam. Tapao also states that CPR was performed on the victim by medics assigned to GFD Medic #3.

Officers from the Hagatna Precinct Command conducted a follow-up with Naval Hospital Guam and the officers were informed by the attending physician that the victim involved was pronounced deceased, as she had succumbed to her injuries.

With that outcome, GPD has activated their investigators from the Highway Patrol Division who will assume this case. While this case is still in the preliminary stages, crash investigators will determine if the speed of the vehicle, drugs or alcohol, or weather conditions were a contributing factor to this crash.

PNC spoke to a family member of the victim who identified the victim as his grandmother, Ernean Rimuo Esefang, 52. According to the grandson, Esefang was attempting to cross the road to see him while he was at the beach. When the back Honda Pilot hit his grandmother, the grandson rushed to Esefang and attempted to resuscitate her by performing chest-compressions.

Yigo fatality

At 9:18 in the evening, GFD units were dispatched to Rt. 1, Marine Corps Drive in front of Payless Yigo for an auto-pedestrian incident.  GFD medics and ALS personnel were on scene to conduct CPR on an adult male who was struck. The victim was transported to the Guam Regional Medical City where he was pronounced dead about an hour after he was hit.

Tapao says a gray Nissan Sentra was traveling westbound on Rt. 1 passing the Yigo Payless when a male pedestrian attempted to cross the street from the Yigo Payless building to the westbound lane. The victim was subsequently struck by the vehicle.

This case is also being handled by GPD’s Highway Patrol Division where crash investigators will determine if speed, alcohol, drugs or conditions of the road contributed to the crash.

According to a security guard at the scene, the victim had been newly hired that night by one of the local businesses in the complex where the Yigo Payless is located.