Driver in fatal crash to be sentenced today, Friday

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THE driver of an SUV that crashed into a sedan on the evening of Dec. 16, 2019 will be sentenced today, Friday, in Superior Court.

The 62-year-old driver of the sedan, Sergio Apostol, sustained life-threatening injuries, and after three days in the  intensive care unit of the hospital, he was pronounced dead following cardiac arrest.

At the time of the incident, the driver of the SUV, Cassandra Camacho, was 17 years old. She turned 18 this month.

On Jan. 22, 2020, the Attorney General’s office charged her with one count of reckless driving.

According to the AG’s office, Camacho drove or operated a motor vehicle on a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the persons or property by failing to control her speed or by speeding in gross excess of the posted speed limit or by failing to keep a proper lookout or combination of these traffic violations.

Reckless driving is punishable by a maximum of six months’ imprisonment and or $1,000 fine or both. The defendant will also be required to attend a course in driver education. Failure to attend the course may result in a separate misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not more than $500 or by imprisonment of not more than one month.

The Department of Public Safety, in a previous statement, said speed was the cause of the crash.  “No alcohol was involved,” it added.

On the night of the incident, Apostol was driving a green Nissan Sentra and turning into the Puerto Rico Shell gas station when a speeding 2015 Toyota Highlander slammed into the sedan from another direction.

DPS said all occupants of the two vehicles were transferred to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment. The scene was documented and processed, DPS added.

The two minor female occupants of the beige Toyota Highlander sustained minor injuries, received treatment and were released from CHC.

However, the sole occupant of the green Nissan Sentra sustained life-threatening injuries and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital. He passed away three days later.

A construction worker, Apostol had been on Saipan for more than 30 years.




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