Family remembers man killed in Agat crash - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Family remembers man killed in Agat crash

Posted: Updated:
 by Krystal Paco

Guam - 45-year-old Johnny Nauta was a longtime resident of Agat and a familiar face in the southern village.

"You'll always see him riding his moped. That's his only transportation. He doesn't have a car, a vehicle," stated his first cousin Walter. He told KUAM News that Johnny was making a quick trip to the store Tuesday afternoon, but never made it home. "His wife was waiting. He never came back," he said.

Today, residents and passerbys can see marks on the road at the entrance of Nimitz Beach. These marks were left by the Guam Police Department Highway Patrol Division as they've launched their investigation into Johnny's death. It was on this stretch of road where Johnny made his last ride.

According to Guam Police Department spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, a woman driving a silver Toyota Tacoma brought her vehicle to a stop as a moped in front of her was attempting to make a left into Nimitz Beach. That's when a man operating a second moped directly behind the Tacoma failed to stop and crashed into the back of the truck. The man operating the moped was transported to Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.

As Walter tells KUAM News, the family is shocked by their sudden loss. After all, Johnny lived less than a quarter mile away from the scene. The tragedy has friends and family questioning whether Johnny was wearing a helmet. According to Walter however, it wasn't his cousin's style to wear the protective gear.

"You never see him without a hat. Always with a hat but never a helmet. I guess he's not used to it. He's more comfortable with his hat," he said.

Walter hopes the accident will remind others to wear their helmets whenever they go for a ride. "Seeing and hearing all these accidents with motorcycles not wearing helmets I'd like to see the people that drive motorcycles or mopeds - even if you're riding in the back as a passenger - you should always be using a helmet," he said.

Meanwhile, family and friends will keep Johnny's memory alive. Walter said, "He's a good guy. He's a funny guy. He's good to get around. He loves to go around and look for bananas and lemmai and all that. And try to help his wife because there's only two of them. They don't have no kids. But he's a good guy."

An autopsy was conducted earlier this afternoon. According to medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola, Johnny passed of a broken neck and a crushed chest.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Tropical Disturbance Expected to Impact the Marianas by Midweek

    Tropical Disturbance Expected to Impact the Marianas by Midweek

    The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor a developing tropical disturbance in eastern Micronesia. As of 5 p.m., the disturbance was located just north of Pohnpei, about 1075 miles east-southeast of Guam and 1060 east-southeast of Saipan. It continues to move slowly westward and is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Marianas early this week. There is still much uncertainty with the exact track of the system. NWS advises ...More >>
    The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor a developing tropical disturbance in eastern Micronesia. As of 5 p.m., the disturbance was located just north of Pohnpei, about 1075 miles east-southeast of Guam and 1060 east-southeast of Saipan. It continues to move slowly westward and is expected to strengthen as it approaches the MarMore >>
  • Chamorro activists testify before UN

    Chamorro activists testify before UN

    A group of 20 Chamorro activists, many young Chamorro women, testified in front of the United Nation Committee on Decolonization. Presenting a variety of arguments in favor of decolonizing Guam, the group asked UN officials to send an envoy to assess theMore >>
    A group of 20 Chamorro activists, many young Chamorro women, testified in front of the United Nation Committee on Decolonization. Presenting a variety of arguments in favor of decolonizing Guam, the group asked UN officials to send an envoy to assess the More >>
  • Suspect sought for Harmon Industrial Park incident

    Suspect sought for Harmon Industrial Park incident

    Police are looking for the suspect involved in a daytime snatch and grab in Harmon Industrial Park. It happened on Thursday just before 12pm at America’s Best ElectricMart. Security video captured the suspect pulling up in a white Ford Expedition and going inside. Witnesses say the suspect asked for a job application, and moments later s

    More >>

    Police are looking for the suspect involved in a daytime snatch and grab in Harmon Industrial Park. It happened on Thursday just before 12pm at America’s Best ElectricMart. Security video captured the suspect pulling up in a white Ford Expedition and going inside. Witnesses say the suspect asked for a job application, and moments later swiped a couple of cell phon

    More >>
Powered by Frankly