Pastor killed in 10-vehicle smash-up

A PASTOR and basketball coach was killed and at least eight others were wounded after a van rammed several vehicles on a national highway in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City yesterday morning.

The Isuzu dropside van (GLC-940) driven by Nelson Isobal, 50, crushed Manolet Subang, 28, who was driving a Honda XRM motorcycle (7AT-150561), after its brake malfunctioned on M.C. Briones St. past 8 a.m.

“Domino effect”

Five passengers, including two siblings under the age of 10, suffered minor injuries after the van hit the jeepney they were riding. The drivers of two other motorcycles and a taxi were also wounded.

The bloody accident caused a long traffic jam and the pastor’s dismembered body shocked hundreds of pedestrians and residents.

The van, which was carrying hundreds of sacks of sugar cane, hit four motorcycles (including one owned by the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue), a jeepney, two Toyota Corolla Sedan, and Kia Sportage wagon, said PO2 Nelson Sadili of the Mandaue City Police Office Traffic Management Unit (MCPO-TMU).

The van, which rammed all of the vehicles within 500 meters, hit four vehicles before running over Subang. Except for a parked motorcycle, all vehicles involved were travelling to Cebu City.

Isobal, who hails from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, claimed that the van he was driving had a brake failure, but he will still be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to properties, Sadili said.

Detained

The driver was detained at the Basak Police Station.

Subang’s older brother Mark, who went to MCPO-TMU, said the victim was a pastor at the Living Word Christian Church in Cebu City and an assistant training coach of the basketball team of the University of the Visayas.

Sadili, interviewed late afternoon, said the charges against Isobal had yet to be finalized as it was hard to talk to Subang’s wife, who was still in shock.

Among the wounded persons were Irene Salgado, Ramil Campos, Alemar Algar, Jay Paul Tan, and siblings Gee Ann and Rolly Padia. They were taken to a hospital. Some of them went to the MCPO-TMU after receiving treatment to file a complaint against Isobal.

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