Citom personnel hit by delivery truck, hospitalized

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Friday, August 1, 2014


A TRAFFIC enforcer was injured yesterday morning when she was hit by a delivery truck while chasing a jaywalker on P. Lopez St. in downtown Cebu City.

Joselyn Navecilla, 41, of Barangay Tisa, Cebu City sustained bruises in different parts of her body.

It was her first day yesterday as enforcer in charge of jaywalking violations. She worked for seven years as a parking attendant.

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Navecilla is the third traffic personnel of the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) who figured in an accident this year.

Last July 16, traffic enforcer Ma. Theresa Bascones, 38, died when she was hit by a vehicle driven by a Korean national on the Banilad-Talamban road.

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Two days later, traffic enforcer Bonifacio dela Cruz, 52, was hit by a motorcycle at the intersection of Gen. Maxilom Ave. and Gorordo Ave. after apprehending its driver.

According to an initial investigation, Navecilla was chasing a jaywalker around 9 a.m. when she was hit by the side mirror of an Isuzu Elf delivery truck (YKZ-521) driven by Noel Camocamo, 24, of Catigbian, Bohol.

Camocamo was on his way to deliver bread from Baker's Best to a shopping mall when Navecilla crossed the street during a green light. The traffic personnel was rushed to Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Joy Tumulak, Citom's operations division head, told reporters that Navecilla will undergo a CT-scan and x-ray to ensure she didn't have fractured bones.

“According sa doctor, dili raman alarming iyang condition. Gusto lang sila maniguro (The doctor said her condition is not a cause for alarm. They just want to make sure),” he said.

The accident prompted Tumulak to urge traffic personnel to be more careful in performing their duties.

“Unahon gyud nila ilang kaugalingon usa ang uban (They should prioritize their safety),” he said. He also reminded jaywalking personnel to use a whistle to call those who violate rules instead of running after them across the street.

Camocamo, in a separate interview, said he will help Navecilla with her medical expenses. “Kinsa pud intawong driver ang moligis ug tawo? (No driver would deliberately run over a pedestrian),” he said.

Meanwhile, Citom will request the Cebu City Government for security guards after a man brought a gun to their office.

Joe Ian Gomez, 31, of Barangay Togonon, Danao City was apprehended for driving against the traffic flow on Junquera St. at 1 a.m. He failed to present a license and motorcycle registration so Citom personnel impounded his Suzuki motorcycle (6412 YY).

PO2 Chady Jungoy, traffic investigator of Traffic Patrol Group (TPG), said Gomez was asked to be at Citom office in the morning to discuss his violation, but the latter went there at 4 a.m.

At the lobby, Gomez was acting suspicious while holding a pouch. This prompted Jungoy to call Gomez's attention.

When the policeman inspected the pouch Gomez was holding, he found .370 revolver with two live ammunitions.

Gomez, when sought for comment, alleged that he was planning to give the firearm to the arresting Citom personnel as payment for his violation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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