Police may file case vs truck owners

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Sunday, March 9, 2014


TALOMO police investigators are looking into the possibility of filing appropriate charges against owners of a trailer and cement mixer trucks involved in a road accident along Kilometer 5 in Matina Pangi, Davao City on Saturday, killing four people.

Police may file a civil case if the owners of the trucks are found liable for the incident.

Vehicles involved were a white Fuso Prime Mover Trailer truck with plate number YHB-580 registered under Superb Rubber Distributor Corp; a Mixer truck with plate number RFF-272 under Safecon; and a Honda TMX motorcycle with plate number 2932-YF.

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Another vehicle involved was an MILS Canter pickup with plate number MBC 384 named under Alexander Bao.

The pickup, which was parked unattended on the left of the road, was hit by the vehicles figured in the accident.

Superintendent Julius E. Silagan, chief of the Talomo police, said killed on the spot were Almerito Mamerto Dabuan, driver of trailer truck; Samuel Yuson Ogano, driver of Honda motorcycle; and his passenger Jenny Gancan.

The driver of a trailer truck Reynaldo Rivera Marahon, of Makilala in North Cotabato, was declared dead on arrival at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) around 4:30 p.m.

Wounded and in critical condition are Miera Gogama Dandan, 34, of Alpha Homes in Matina Aplaya, and Juanito Carta Buawan, 50, helper of Marahon.

"We can no longer file criminal charges against the drivers involved in the incident but we could file civil charges against the truck operators, at yan ang pinag-aaralan pa namin ngayon, if the operators could be held liable for the incident," Silagan said.

Talomo police investigator SPO4 Romeo Bentulan said that the mixer truck lost its brakes while going down toward the traffic lights on Diversion Road and hit the motorcycle and went through the trailer truck.

It was also reported that the victims onboard the motorcycle were thrown some 50 meters away from where they were. The mixer truck was detached from the trailer and hit the unattended vehicle.

The bodies were brought to Collado Funeral Parlor in Bangkal, while the four vehicles involved in the accident are under the custody of Talomo police for further investigation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 10, 2014.

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