Identities of crash victims released
by Nick Delgado
Guam - It was a busy Easter weekend for the Guam Police Department's Highway Patrol Division, activated to investigate two separate fatal collisions that occurred within hours of one another.
GPD has released the name of the victim involved in Saturday afternoon's fatal crash in Harmon. 72-year-old Nelia Gumpal was a passenger inside a blue Honda Civic that was struck by a Mazda B-22 pickup truck. The Honda was traveling southbound along Route 16 near the Shell gas station, when the driver of the Mazda, which was heading northbound, attempted to make a left turn.
GPD Spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia said, "The Guam Highway Patrol is looking into the possibility of the operator of the B-22 failing to yield."
And while Highway Patrol continues its investigation Tumon-Tamuning Precinct's Officer Allen Perez says a background check revealed the driver of the Mazda has an outstanding warrant. 51-year-old Kurtis Ferreria was subsequently arrested. "He had a traffic citation that was not taken care of and the judge issued a warrant in 2010," he said.
Charges are still pending for the crash.
Meanwhile, just hours after Highway Patrol was called to Route 16 they were activated to respond to a fatal collision in Talofofo just before 9pm Saturday. A 2003 Nissan Altima filled with six teenagers slammed into a concrete utility pole. 16-year-old Zachery Leonen from Yona was in the backseat and died. "He marks the number 9th death involving traffic fatality," Balajadia said.
Leonen's death has hit the family hard - KUAM News has learned Zachery's little brother was the infant that died in a fire that occurred inside a Talofofo home almost three years ago. The family is requesting privacy during their time of mourning.
Meanwhile, three of the teens were treated and released from the Guam Memorial Hospital. A GMH nursing supervisor says one of the females admitted is in stable condition, while another young girl remains in serious but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.