Murder case filed vs owner of SUV in hit-and-run incident

Murder case filed vs owner of SUV in hit-and-run incident
Photo by Arnold Bustamante

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has filed charges against the driver of the gray Mazda CX-7 SUV (YKK 161) involved in a hit and run that killed 23-year-old basketball player Jeslar Uriel Larumbe, who was on board a motorcycle, on Sunday morning, February 4, 2024 on Queens Road, Barangay Kamputhaw.

Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, the chief of the CCPO, claimed that they have already identified Aaron Karl Tan as the culprit after witnesses testified that he was the one who operated the car when it struck Larumbe.

"Nakompleto na ang atung imbestigasyon regarding atung panghitabo niadtong miaging Domingo involving vehicular accident nga hit and run, ug karong adlawa (February 8, 2024) ato nang i file ang kaso nga murder," Dalogdog said.

(Our investigation into the hit-and-run accident that occurred last Sunday has been concluded, and we will file the murder case today, February 8, 2024).

Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Ace Pelare, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO 7) who is also a lawyer, stated that because the suspect could not be taken into custody, the case was filed through normal procedures.

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According to Pelare, this implies that the case will still need to go through the preliminary investigation, wherein the accused will be given time to reply, and if the prosecutor finds probable

cause, the case will be filed in court.

However, Pelare asserted that the CCPO's evidence is solid, particularly given that numerous witnesses’ accounts had aligned with the CCTV video clips that were backtracked by the investigators.

In addition, the CCPO used macro etching in performing a forensic examination on the suspect's vehicle by taking a sample from a damaged section of the SUV and comparing it to the components of Larumbe's motorcycle.

In a previous media interview, Tan denied hitting Larumbe, saying he just stayed in their house on Saturday night.

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However, some witnesses refuted this, claiming to have seen his car early on Sunday morning.

One of the witnesses reported that he saw Tan continuously bumping the back of the victim's motorcycle near the gas station at the corner of Gorordo Avenue and Queens Road. (AYB, TPT)

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