by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Police Department's Highway Patrol Division is investigating the island's latest traffic fatality that happened near Wusstig Road in Dededo early this morning. GPD Sergeant Mike Aguon says the man was walking along Marine Corps Drive when a service member driving a Nissan Sentra heading northbound on the inner lane struck him.
The impact threw the man into the oncoming lane, where a woman driving a Nissan Frontier traveling southbound struck him and dragged the pedestrian. The man's identity has yet to be released.
"The pedestrian was walking it was a make possibly local, if anybody can help us out he was walking along Route 1 by Wusstig Road, maybe sometime around 5:30am - 6 o'clock. If anybody can help us out if any of their family members hasn't returned from a walk, maybe they can contact us or head up to GMH; maybe they can identify the body," he said.
Police are trying to determine if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. While this is not the first serious crash in the area, Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares says this only pushes the need to have the traffic light and construction in that area completed. "The problem that we have is many of the time that the vehicles are going fast is because the next traffic light is not for another mile or a little less than a mile but there's no deterioration of drivers to slow down," she stated.
The man's death marks the 16th traffic-related fatality this year.