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31-year-old critical after Hagatna crash

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A 31-year-old man is in critical condition at Naval Hospital tonight fighting for his life after he lost control of his car Tuesday night in Hagatna. There have been a growing number of crashes reported in the Route 4 area, but police say the road is not to blame.

"They can clearly see that speed was a factor, that's one vehicle split in half," detailed Sergeant Mike Aguon with the Guam Police Department's Highway Patrol Division. The scene along Route 4 in Guam's capitol village last night saw yet another driver lose control of his vehicle and ran off the roadway. Anthony Vigil was traveling north on Route 4, coming down the hill from Sinajana, when he lost control and crashed into a concrete utility pole. Vigil is in critical condition at the nearby medical facility. 

His Nissan 240SX literally split in two around the concrete pole. The site of Tuesday night's crash is just several feet from last week's crash that involved the driver of a Toyota Scion who lost control and flipped over into the ravine. It's also several hundred feet away from where Joey Fernandez was killed after colliding with a Toyota Forerunner. Route 4 was recently resurfaced, but contractors weren't able to complete the project because Public Works and the feds haven't been able to come to an agreement on the mixture for the friction course top layer for the road.

Sgt. Aguon says even though the road is not completed, it's not to blame for the increasing number of crashes, noting, "What we need to be mindful about is Route 4 isn't that it's a dangerous road; it's newly paved the friction there when you're driving is very well, but what's happening is we're noticing people are exceeding the speed limit, well beyond that."

And it's speed that has Sinajana Vice-Mayor Robert Hoffman concerned that these crashes will be a more common occurrence if the speed limit isn't reduced and drivers don't start complying with the rules of the road. "It's been something we've been trying to address for awhile," he explained. "Most people have the concept in their mind that once it's a new road they're going to take advantage that they can fly because it has all the safety measures built in like non-skid, but most of the time speed is the factor for this."

Police meanwhile continue to investigate the vigil crash and urge motorists to slow down, especially with the unprecedented number of road construction projects that are underway. "People just need to slow down and obey the construction roadway markings, the speed limit, reduce it and watch out, because a lot of roads change overnight," concluded Aguon.

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