Beach Pathway light knocked over


Reports of a Saipan Beach Pathway light being knocked over last Tuesday has reached the attention of the Marianas Visitors Authority, the government agency that spearheaded its restoration early this year. The incident is said to have happened during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

MVA managing director Chris Concepcion is asking the public to help the Department of Public Safety with any information regarding the case.

“We received a report that an unknown vehicle rammed into one of the light poles and completely destroyed it, knocking it over, shattering the light fixture itself, and leaving some wires exposed,” said Concepcion.

According to Concepcion, the contractor doing the project has already contacted DPS yesterday morning and MVA is waiting for further information on the incident.

“We thank our partners at DPS for their support as we determine who is responsible for this. We urge the community to report anything they know about what transpired. That’s the only way we can get to the bottom of this and deter others from doing the same,” he said.

Residents within the Beach Road area claim to have seen a group of people in the pavilion across JP Center, where the Beach Pathway light used to stand.

“I remember seeing a group of people in the pavilion [last Tuesday night],” said a resident.

Another resident claimed to have woken up to see the pathway light post already knocked over and three men cleaning up the already exposed wires. The resident also recalled seeing broken shards of glass, most likely to be the light bulb.

None of the residents recalled hearing anything associated with a collision.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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