City traffic office blamed for woman's death

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Friday, June 27, 2014


DUE to the absence of its traffic enforcers to watch over pedestrians, the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) was blamed for the death of a woman who was hit by a truck near the flyover along C.M. Recto Avenue.

Loreta Golez, 40, pharmacist who witnessed the incident, questioned the RTA why there was not even a single traffic officer present in the area around 11 a.m. Thursday, when a woman was rammed dead by a truck.

"Nangawala man ang RTA diri. Kung naa pa unta to sila naa unta makabadlong sa mga manabukay diha (The RTA enforcers were nowhere to be found. They should have been present to reprimand jaywalkers)," Golez told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

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Angelo, 26, who witnessed the incident, said the woman could have been saved had the traffic enforcers were visible in the area

Lawyer Edgardo Uy, consultant of the RTA, said it is not the sole responsibility of the traffic enforcers to secure lives of motorists and pedestrians in the city.

"We also have to be responsible on our own. We have to take extra care when we are out on the streets. Mind you, enforcers can't go look after you 24/7 since they will also take their lunch, for example," Uy told this paper.

Jojo, a cigarette vendor, one of the witnesses of the incident, said he was selling his goods when he saw the woman crossed the street.

The victim's head was stuck at the truck's right rear wheel, he told this paper.

"She looked at her left side before she crossed. However, she never looked at her right side where the vehicles may come to her direction," Jojo added.

Before the woman was hit by the truck, Jojo saw her hugging the signpost erected right at the end of the fly over and stepped onto the gutter.

"Although the traffic flow was slow, I think she was scared, so she hugged the post. When she stepped down from the gutter where she was on, she never saw the truck coming from her right, so she was hit by the truck. The moment she fell her head stuck behind the truck's wheel," he narrated.

Edgar Donaire, the truck's driver, was bound for Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. He said he only saw the victim after he bumped her.

The unidentified woman, aged 40 to 50 years old, wore a blue-colored sleeveless shirt and a dark blue skirt.

Donaire brought the woman immediately to Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). However, physicians of the hospital declared the victim dead.

Uy reminded pedestrians and motorists of the 60-meter ordinance.

"Supposedly, no one is allowed to cross when you are 60 meters away from the end of the flyover because it's really dangerous. And even if no one's allowed to cross there, motorists too must be extra careful," he added.

The remains of the woman were brought to a funeral home in the city waiting for her claimant. The suspect is detained at Police station 1 in Divisoria and the truck was impounded by the RTA.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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