Harmon crash: pickup driver failed to yield
by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Police Department's Highway Patrol Division is investigating a serious accident in Harmon that sent several people to the hospital, including a 72-year-old woman, who died last night. Authorities responded to the scene at about 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon.
GPD spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia says the driver of the 1998 primered Mazda B22 pickup truck was heading northbound along Route 16 when he apparently made a left turn towards the Harmon Shell service station and collided with a 2007 blue Honda Civic that was heading southbound on the inner lane.
Officer Balajadia says Highway Patrol is, "looking into the possibility of the operator of the B22 failing to yield before entering the southbound lane thus striking and colliding with the Honda." He adds, "The occupants in the Honda have all gone to the hospital, three are being treated, one serious and one just accompanying the rest of the family. We have a female child and a female elderly person who seems to be the most serious, she was sitting in the back with the child."
According to GMH Nursing Supervisor Bill Toves, a 32-year-old female, a 34-year-old male and a year-old female are all in stable condition and are undergoing an evaluation in the emergency room.
Witnesses at the scene tell KUAM News they heard screams coming from the Honda immediately following the accident, and noticed blood all over the victim's clothing. For nearly two hours investigators combed the scene, also blocking and rerouting southbound traffic in the area.
Officer Balajadia says the preliminary investigation does not show any signs that the vehicles involved were speeding or that the driver's were intoxicated, "I've already spoken to one of the traffic investigators and he has indicated that they are not looking at alcohol or speed as a factor in this."
Meantime, the operator of the Mazda pickup truck was arrested at the scene. He was identified as 51-year-old Kurtis Ferreira. Tamuning-Tumon precinct officer Allen Perez says, "A background check was conducted on the operator of the pickup truck which revealed he had an outstanding warrant for traffic, after the investigation of the highway patrol we then took custody of the operator of the pickup truck for the warrant." Officer Perez says that Ferreira had not taken care of a traffic citation from 2010, which resulted in the court order warrant for his arrest.
Officer Balajadia says investigators will also determine is Ferreira will face any additional charges for his involvement in the serious accident.