Police charge ex-lawmaker's driver over car crash

BACOLOR - The driver of former Second District Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo is now facing charges over the head-on car collision involving him, the ex-lawmaker and another passenger onboard a Toyota Hilux which killed a policeman who was driving a Honda Civic in the mishap that transpired at the portion of the FVR Megadike in Bacolor town.

On Monday, Arroyo and his two companions, driver John Michael Macaraeg and Edward Mendoza Montevergin figured in a car crash with Police Officer 3 Alexander Villamin of the Central Luzon Regional Public Safety Battalion in Barangay Maliwalu in this town.

Villamin was declared dead-on-arrival after rescuers had a hard time pulling him out of his car while the former presidential son and his escorts sustained injuries on their heads and bodies.

Two days after the incident, the Philippine National Police filed charges against Macaraeg including reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and damage to properties.

Police Officer 2 Melchizedek Asuncion, investigator of the case, explained that they filed a case against Macaraeg as part of the standard operating procedure since Villamin died in the incident.

Asuncion disclosed some witnesses alleged that the Toyota Hilux swerved into and took the opposite lane which led to its collision with the Honda Civic.

However, he stressed that a preliminary investigation will still be conducted to prove the allegations.

Meanwhile, the wife of Villamin also filed a separate case of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide against Macaraeg.
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