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Woman dies after being hit by car in Mangilao

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - A young woman walking to the store across the street was pronounced dead Sunday night after she was struck by a car along the Back Road to Andersen Air Force Base.

The posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour - what Mangilao resident Nitia Narian says is way too fast. "There's people here - they just want to race the car," she explained.

Narian has lived in a Mangilao house since 2007. As she talked with KUAM News today, she says her niece, 22-year-old Nana Neen was visiting Guam from Chuuk for the last two months. While on Guam, Neen was staying with Narian. Last night, Neen wanted to make a quick trip to the store across the street. "She's supposed to go and buy a long distance card to call the dad but I don't know what's going on or what was going on by the road," she recalled.

Although Narian wasn't outside at the time of the accident, she could hear the screams of onlooking family members as Neen was struck by a car. Neen was pronounced dead at Naval Hospital around 9:30 Sunday night before being transported to the Guam Memorial Hospital.

As of early this morning, Guam Police Department spokesperson Office AJ Balajadia says an individual turned himself in relative to the auto-pedestrian accident. "A vehicle - the Toyota - a silver-colored Toyota 4-x-4 was headed westbound on Route 15 and then encroached into the other lane striking the pedestrian. This morning at about 3:23am the operator of the suspected vehicle turned himself in to the Agana Precinct," he explained. "He is male, Chamorro, 44-years-old. Hhas been questioned by the investigators of Highway Patrol. There have been no arrests yet."

While GPD conducts their investigation, Narian hopes the accident will prompt leaders to address the dangers of the busy road near her home. Today, as she sat in her wheelchair outside, the sound of cars zooming by was almost deafening.

"I already report to the mayor. I don't know what's going on if he's going to report to the public safety," she said.

Specifically, Narian would like to see a traffic light, speed bumps, and stronger enforcement of the posted speed limit.

Until then, the family mourn the sudden loss of Nana Neen.

Narian said, "She always make happy. She's quiet. She has long hair like that [pointing to her waist]. She's really funny. She's always making jokes."
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