Van hits bicyclist near pedestrian lane


Emergency medical technicians check the injuries on the shoulder of an employee of Imperial Pacific who was hit by a Toyota Sienna van while crossing a pedestrian lane on a bicycle along Chalan Pale Arnold Road in Gualo Rai Saturday morning. At right is the van’s driver. Police are still investigating the incident. (Ferdie de la Torre)

A man on a bicycle was injured when a van hit him as he was crossing a pedestrian lane along Chalan Pale Arnold Road or Middle Road in Gualo Rai Saturday morning.

The bicyclist, a Filipino employee of Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC, suffered bruises on the right shoulder.

A Korean man was the driver of the van—a Toyota Sienna with license plate ACK 373. He was not injured.

When traffic officers arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already inside the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services ambulance on the way to the Commonwealth Health Center.

There was no available information yet as to who was found at fault.

Saipan Tribune learned from witnesses that the bicyclist had just come from a laundry shop and had crossed the pedestrian lane on his bicycle on his way home at about 8:30am.

As soon he reached the shoulder side of the outside northbound lane, the Toyota Sienna that had just come from the parking lot of a hardware store next to Chong’s Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration struck him.

When the van stopped, about a foot of its bumper was on the outside inner lane of the road.

The driver of the van was a customer of the hardware. The van and the bicycle had minor damage.

DFEMS emergency medical technicians responded, treated the victim, then brought him to CHC.
The scene is an accident-prone area.

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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