Details have yet to be revealed as to what caused this last Saturday’s fatal traffic crash along Route 3 near Swamp Road in Dededo. The incident marks the island’s 12th traffic fatality.
Guam Police Department spokesman A.J. Balajadia said at around 4:59 a.m., officers responded to a reported auto/pole crash by Swamp Road in Dededo.
Preliminary reports indicate the female driver of a 1999 Ford Taurus and her passenger, also female, were heading south on Route 3 when the driver apparently lost control, crossed the northbound lanes, and collided into a concrete pole.
Rescue personnel from the Guam Fire Department were dispatched to the scene and used the jaws-of-life to remove the passenger from the wreck. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
The women were transported to Guam Memorial Hospital. A nursing supervisor said the driver was released from emergency room after being treated for minor injuries several hours later.
As for the passenger, who is identified only as 22 years old, an autopsy is expected to be performed today by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola.
Investigators from GPD’s Highway Patrol Division are investigating the case to determine if speed/and or alcohol were the cause of death. Balajadia noted the road conditions were wet at the time of the crash.
The accident was the second to occur in just a matter of days. Earlier last week, Bill Neilsen was killed when the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding spilled along the traffic intersection of Route 16 and the entrance to Alageta Road.