DPS still investigating auto-collision that killed 62-year-old man

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THE Department of Public Safety said it is still investigating an auto-collision incident on Dec. 16 that left a man in a serious life-threatening condition. Three days later, the victim, Sergio Apostol, 62, died.

Asked if charges will be filed against the driver of the Toyota Highlander that crashed into the sedan driven by Apostol, DPS spokesman Dre Pangelinan said: “Once the investigators gather more information and if solid proof points to the fault of the driver heading north, then charges will be filed.”

Variety also asked DPS if it is true that the driver of the Highlander was a teenage daughter of a police officer. As of press time Monday night, Variety had not received an answer from DPS.

A video of the accident circulating on social media shows a speeding northbound Toyota Highlander on Middle Road in Puerto Rico slamming into a sedan that was turning left into a gas station.

Apostol was originally from Antique province in the central Philippines, and had been on Saipan for more than 30 years. He was a construction worker.

One of his friends, who declined to be identified, said a Mass of Intention will be said for Apostol at San Roque Church every night until Friday.

His friend said they are communicating with the Philippine Honorary Consulate regarding the repatriation of Apostol’s remains.

In a statement on Monday, DPS said the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation had notified police that Apostol, who was in the intensive care unit, had passed away on Dec. 19, 2019.

Dr. Tanuja Edvalson pronounced the victim dead at 11:50 p.m., on Dec. 19, 2019 due to sudden cardiac arrest due to injuries sustained from the motor vehicle crash,” DPS said.

No alcohol was involved in the crash,” it added, but the case is under further investigation to determine if speed was a factor.

It was on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at about 7:55 p.m. when DPS received a 911 call reporting an auto collision that occurred in Puerto Rico, Saipan.

Apostol is the CNMI’s second traffic fatality in 2019. The first was Aurelio Prado, 74, who died after he was hit by a car while he was crossing the road near the Dandan traffic intersection on the evening of Jan. 4, 2019.

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