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Mangilao man accused of killing pedestrian

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - A 51-year-old Mangilao man is arrested accused of driving drunk and striking a pedestrian with his car Tuesday night.

A single slipper marked the scene of last night's fatal auto-pedestrian crash in the central village. "We received a 911 call around 9:24 this evening in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash here in Mangilao," detailed Officer AJ Balajadia, spokesman for the Guam Police Department. "This is Route 10 by KNS Market. We have a male adult operating a 2010 Nissan Xterra traveling southbound on Route 10, striking a pedestrian, who's described as possibly in his 30's possibly FSM - he was nonresponsive when transported to GMH."

As Balajadia told KUAM, the pedestrian appeared to be coming from the store side when he was struck by the Xterra. Shortly after, GMH spokesperson June Perez confirms the man was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. As a result, the driver, 51-year-old Richard Duenas Cruz of Mangilao, was arrested for vehicular homicide while intoxicated, driving under the influence, DUI with injuries, no drivers license, and expired registration and mandatory insurance.

The incident marks the third auto-ped crash within the span of 48-hours.  "This marks the second serious accident in the last two days. We'd like to remind the public to please slow down and be mindful that especially when there are approaching stores along major roadways, that there could be people who are crossing the street," said Balajadia.

On Monday night, an auto-ped with serious injuries occurred along Route 10 in Tamuning by AK Motors. The victim is currently fighting for his life as he remains in critical condition on life support.

Early Tuesday morning another auto-ped accident in the same Tamuning area. The pedestrian was admitted to GMH and remains in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the island's chief medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola conducted the autopsy earlier today on last night's fatal autoped.

The man was identified as 38-year-old Songas Machusy. According to Espinola, Machusy died of a broken neck and a crushed chest.

Looking back at Tuesday night's scene, Balajadia notes the area has street lights, but is still poorly lit. He asks that motorists and pedestrians be alert at all times.

"So just be mindful that there could be people potentially trying to cross the street on these major roadways. They should not be but we've seen time and time again pedestrians being struck that are crossing the main roadways," he said.

Meanwhile, the driver of the Xterra, Richard Duenas Cruz, is anticipated to appear in court on Thursday where he will be formally charged before Judge Alberto Tolentino. 
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