Man killed after being hit by car


A 74-year-old man was killed after being hit by a car as he was attempting to cross the notoriously dark area of the street across Joeten Dandan last Friday.

Aurelio del Prado was pronounced dead at the Commonwealth Health Center. He is known for sharing Bible verses with strangers he would meet at Joeten or Twins Supermarket and would not ask for money but was grateful when offered any sort of help.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero said the incident was not a hit-and-run, as many believed it was and as spread through social media outlets.

Guerrero said that DPS is still investigating the incident and will release more information once the investigation is complete.

Guerrero did not disclose information about the driver or what kind of vehicle hit del Prado.

According to a statement from the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, it was DFEMS responders who brought the unresponsive del Prado to CHC’s emergency room. Del Prado was pronounced dead 20 minutes after arriving at the ER.

DFEMS received a call from DPS Dispatch last Friday, Jan. 4, at 9:45pm, about an auto-pedestrian accident in front of Joeten Dandan.

Medic-4 and Rescue-1 from the Susupe Fire Station were sent at 9:46pm and arrived at the scene at 9:50pm.

At the scene, DFEMS emergency medical teams found del Prado unresponsive and immediately and loaded him onto an ambulance. Del Prado was en route to CHC at 9:56pm and EMTs tried to revive him on the way to CHC. He arrived at the ER at 10:04pm and was pronounced dead at 10:24pm.

Del Prado reportedly sustained several lacerations and injuries.

Del Prado was commonly seen loitering at the Joeten Dandan or Twins Dandan and was described as a nice homeless man by a number of individuals.

Del Prado is the second reported death this year; the first was the death of Eiki Akiyama. Akiyama died from a drowning incident off the shores of Bird Island on Jan 1.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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