During the early morning hours of May 20, 2015, a speeding car crashed into the Coral Reef Research Foundation in Malakal, Koror. The research center immediately caught ablaze destroying over 20 years worth of research work by Dr. Pat Colin and his wife, Lori Colin who’s a research biologist and laboratory manager for the foundation.
According to witnesses, two vehicles were racing down the Malakal strip when this black Demio, with Peleliu license plate 0886, lost control and plowed into the Coral Reef Research Foundation also known as CRRF.
Witnesses say the driver of the Demio jumped out of his car and fled the scene.
Public Safety is still looking for the driver of the car at this time. CRRF is a non-profit organization whose purposes are to increase knowledge of coral reefs and other tropical marine environments to allow intelligent conservation and management decisions.