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Man dies in auto-pedestrian accident

A 74-year-old man became the CNMI’s first traffic fatality in 2019.

Aurelio Del Prado, a Filipino national, died in an auto-pedestrian accident in Dandan on Friday evening.

Derek Gersonde, public information officer for the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at 9:45 p.m., they received a call from the Department of Public Safety regarding an auto-pedestrian accident on the road near Joeten Dandan.

 At 9:46 p.m., Medic-4 and Rescue-1 were dispatched from the Susupe Fire Station, arriving on the scene at 9:50 p.m., Gersonde said.

Emergency responders found the victim “supine, motionless and unresponsive.”

 He was then “fully immobilized with a C-collar and backboard then loaded to the ambulance.”

 While Medic 4 was en route to the Commonwealth Health Center Emergency Room at 9:56 p.m., Gersonde said Del Prado  was “showing strong signs of agonizing breathing, and  upon palpitation, the patient’s pulse was found to be absent.”

Gersonde added, “Cardio pulmonary resuscitation was immediately initiated while en route to the hospital.”

 He said the “patient sustained deformities to the right arm, one-inch laceration to his left eye area, multiple lacerations and swelling to the back of his head and abrasions to his right ankle.”

 Medic 4 arrived at the hospital at 10:04 p.m. At 10:24 p.m., Dr. Nicholas Villalon pronounced the victim dead.

In a statement to Variety, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero said the incident was not a hit-and-run.

 He said based on their preliminary report, the driver of the vehicle that hit Del Prado did not leave the scene. DPS, however, did not provide additional information.

A former construction worker, Del Prado was homeless and known to frequent  stores in the Dandan area.

 Variety learned that in Nov. 2016, Del Prado’s daughter visited him on Saipan to persuade him to return to the Philippines with her, but he did not show up for a passport photo appointment.

 Del Prado’s wife will be arriving on Saipan on Jan. 8 to repatriate his remains to the Philippines.

Variety was unable to obtain more information about the victim.