Charges against PUJ driver, pedestrian in road accident

A truck driver and a helper died on the spot after they were impaled by the steel they were carrying on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2024. The accident occurred when their truck braked suddenly on Diversion Road near the Davao International Airport in Buhangin when a pedestrian suddenly crossed the pedestrian lane against a red light.
A truck driver and a helper died on the spot after they were impaled by the steel they were carrying on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2024. The accident occurred when their truck braked suddenly on Diversion Road near the Davao International Airport in Buhangin when a pedestrian suddenly crossed the pedestrian lane against a red light.DCPO

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will file charges against a public utility jeepney (PUJ) driver and a pedestrian involved in an incident resulting in the tragic death of a truck driver and his helper on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2024.

@sunstardavao SEEMINGLY A NONFATAL ACCIDENT A truck driver and his helper died on the spot after the steel bars their truck was carrying impaled them on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2024 along Buhangin in #DavaoCity . The accident occurred when the driver suddenly hit the brakes when an individual crossed the pedestrian lane against a red light. 🎥Yhen Yhen Gabatan Anigan #AllYouNeedToKnow ♬ original sound - Sun Star Davao

DCPO spokesperson Captain Hazel Tuazon said that the pedestrian, identified as Evaloniie Intia Martinez, 32, and an airport security assistant at Davao International Airport, will face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicides.

Meanwhile, the PUJ driver, identified from CCTV footage, will be charged under Republic Act (RA) 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, for dropping off a passenger in a prohibited area, specifically within a crosswalk.

Tuazon revealed during a press conference of the Davao Peace and Security Press Corps on Wednesday morning, June 26, that charges will be pressed against both parties. 

She also mentioned the possibility of filing additional charges related to improperly secured steel loads against the truck company or other responsible parties.

“This is to showcase that fair ta sa tanan, para mahatagan og hustisya ang mga namatay og pamilya sa mga namatay kay kalit gyud ni siya na pang hitabo maong sakit sad to sa pamilya maong maningkamot ang kapulisan especially sa Buhangin Police Station na ma-file-lan ang kaso kung kinsa ang angay kasohan (This is to ensure fairness and justice for the deceased and their families, as this was a sudden and painful incident),” she added.

According to the spot report from the Buhangin Police Station, the accident occurred when the truck driver, Nestor Dela Cru Sr., 56 years old, applied sudden brakes to yield to the pedestrian on Diversion Road near the Cargo Entrance of Davao Airport along C.P Garcia Highway, Barangay Buhangin. 

The truck's heavy steel load impaled Dela Cru and his companion, Karsem Rasonable, 24 years old. DEF

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