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Family remembers man killed in Agat crash

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 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.

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