Man also killed as car slams into tree, power pole

Police determine alcohol, speeding factors in fatal crash
A 29-year-old Asian male died when this white 2006 Hyundai Azera four-door sedan reportedly ran off the roadway and hit a pine tree and a power pole in San Jose Saturday night. (Derek Gersonde)

A 29-year-old Asian male died when this white 2006 Hyundai Azera four-door sedan reportedly ran off the roadway and hit a pine tree and a power pole in San Jose Saturday night. (Derek Gersonde)

One of the three occupants in a car that struck a pine tree and a power pole near a funeral home in San Jose last Saturday night died the following morning at the Commonwealth Health Center.

Department of Public Safety acting spokesman Jason Tarkong disclosed yesterday that the victim, a 29-year-old Asian male, was pronounced dead by Dr. Esther Knayjorn on Sunday at 11:44am.

Tarkong did not indicate the injuries of the fatality.

Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services information officer Derek Gersonde earlier stated that when DFEMS emergency medical technicians responded to the scene, the 29-year-old man, who was the passenger, was out of the car and was unconscious with a 6-inch laceration to the back of head.

The driver, a 26-year-old Asian male, complained of pain all over his body.

The other passenger, a 23-year-old Asian female, was unconscious and was sitting in the back of the car.

Tarkong revealed that preliminary investigation showed that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Tarkong said that, on Saturday at 10:22pm, police officers responded to a car accident on Beach Road, San Jose just north of Borja Funeral Home.

Tarkong said a white 2006 Hyundai Azera four-door sedan was traveling north on Beach Road when it ran off the roadway, struck a pine tree, and slammed into a power pole.

Tarkong said first responders observed that the three victims were unconscious.

DFEMS ambulance transported the victims to the Commonwealth Health Center’s emergency room.

The car had extensive damage.

On Sunday’s fatal crash near the Northern Marianas College in Finasisu, Tarkong said yesterday that DPS is conducting further investigation into the factor of the accident.

CHC’s Dr. Florence Shenker pronounced the driver, 28-year-old Carlynn Mae Camacho, dead at 4:33am.

Tarkong said that, on Sunday at 3:54am, police responded to an auto accident that happened on Tun Apa Road near the NMC Gym in Finasisu.

Tarkong said a red 1990 Toyota pickup truck was traveling south when it ran off the road and struck a tree, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

Tarkong said the driver was found unresponsive and transported by DFEMS ambulance to CHC.

Last Jan. 7, Romeo Sumilang, 53, a passenger of a pick-up truck, was tossed into the air and landed on the pavement during an accident involving two other cars near Sugar King Park in Garapan. The truck’s driver and the other passenger were injured.

Sumilang died due to severe head injuries at CHC last Jan. 10.

The driver of a car, Yi Wang, 53, a Chinese music teacher, was arrested, but the Office of the Attorney General later moved to dismiss the case without prejudice. The court granted the motion. Dismissal without prejudice means the OAG can re-file the case.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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