Vehicle runs over, kills woman

Woman found at fault for lying down on the street at night

A woman who had gotten down on the road along Garapan Street Thursday night was killed after a vehicle ran over her, police said.

The victim, reportedly a 34-year-old woman from Ponhpei, was pronounced dead at the Commonwealth Health Center by Dr. Martin Rohringer at 11:59pm.

The driver of the car, a Filipino national, stopped his car and called the police.

Acting police spokesman Lt. Jason Tarkong told Saipan Tribune yesterday that investigators found the woman to be at fault.

Tarkong said that police responded to an auto pedestrian accident on Thursday at 9:11pm, along Garapan Street by Mom’s Round Two Bar. Upon arrival, police found the victim lying on the ground with serious injuries after being run over by a car.

Tarkong said the investigation showed that the victim, who was under the influence of alcohol, walked into the street and got down as if she were going to sleep.

As her friend was trying to wake her up and pull her off the road, a black 2000 Honda CRV drove over her. The driver stopped his car and called the police. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services ambulance brought the victim to CHC.

Last June 24, a 19-year-old woman was killed in a car crash near the Northern Marianas College on As Terlaje Hill. Police determined she was driving fast.

Last March 11, a 52-year-old man died when a car he was driving hit a dump truck that had stopped to turn left to a construction project on the shoulder of Monsignor Guerrero Road near the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s Waterloo in Chalan Kiya. Rescuers found that the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.

Last December, two persons died and three others were injured during a vehicular accident on Chalan Pale Arnold Road in As Mahetog. Police said that speed and alcohol were factors in that crash.

The Department of Public Safety stated that there had been 1,730 vehicular crashes in the CNMI in 2016 and 62 of them were alcohol-related, resulting in a traffic fatality. The As Mahetog incident was not included in that.

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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