11 Jan 2019
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
BELEN del Prado and Tracy del Prado, wife and daughter of a 74-year-old man who died in an auto-pedestrian accident last week, are on island to bring back his remains to the Philippines.
Aurelio del Prado became the CNMIâ€™s first traffic fatality of 2019.
Belen del Prado said a traffic report will be submitted by the police to the Office of the Attorney General for review, and if no further investigation is needed, her husbandâ€™s remains will be released to them.
She said there will be a public viewing at the Commonwealth Health Center before the remains are cremated at Borja Funeral Homes.
Belen and Tracy del Prado thanked local community members for the kindness they have shown to Aurelio.
â€œI hope people wonâ€™t think that we neglected him,â€� Belen del Prado said. â€œWe repeatedly tried to persuade him to come home. I told him that since he was no longer working on Saipan, he should return to our country.â€�
She said Aurelio, a former construction worker, told her that he wanted to remain on island â€œbecause of his mission of spreading the Good News of the Bible.â€�
In Nov. 2016, Tracy Del Prado visited Saipan to persuade her father to come home.
â€œHe did not want to,â€� she said. â€œA lot of his friends also encouraged him to return to the Philippines. But he said, â€˜What will I do back home?â€™ It was very difficult to talk to him because of his hearing impairment. I think he could not really understand us.â€�
His wife said she continued to ask him to come home through Skype.
She said she applied for a U.S. visa in 2017 so she could visit him on Saipan, but her application was denied.
When she again applied for a visa in 2018, her application was approved. But before she and her daughter could fly to Saipan, the traffic accident that claimed Aurelioâ€™s life occurred.
Belen del Prado said they donâ€™t believe that the driver â€œwanted that to happen.â€�
According to the Department of Public Safety traffic report obtained by Variety, the vehicle that struck Del Prado was a white 2013 Toyota Prius driven by a 52-year-old woman.
She told traffic investigators that on Jan. 4, 2019, at past 9:30 p.m., she was driving on Chalan Monsignor Guerrero at 35 mph.
â€œShe stated that it was raining hard at the time and as she was about to pass the crosswalk she said she did not see anybody crossing, but suddenly an individual appeared in front of her vehicle.â€�
She said she tried to step on the brakes but it was too late and her vehicle ended up colliding with the individual. She added that she quickly stopped her vehicle, checked on the individual and called the police.
The traffic report stated that Aurelio del Prado was pronounced dead at the hospital by Dr. Nicholas Villalon at 10:42 p.m. due to internal bleeding. He also had injuries to his head and a fractured left arm.
Community members who want to make a donation to Aurelio del Pradoâ€™s family may call the office of Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio â€œEliâ€� Arago at 233-6293 and ask for Mel Santos. You may also call Annamae Adaza at 285-4388.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109936-del-prado-s-remains-to-be-cremated