CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A middle-aged man died after being struck by a car on Monday afternoon as he crossed the street along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa), according to authorities.
The police identified the victim as Larry Tayag, 52, of Barangay Sto. Niño, Sapa, Sto. Tomas, Pampanga.
Based on the investigation of police, Tayag suddenly crossed from the right side of the street while Philip Anthony Hernandez, 34, of Mountain View, Mariveles, Bataan, was driving along Jasa.
The car of Hernandez with plate number UIN 150, police said, was going northbound on the way to Bataan when the accident happened.
Tayag was still hit by the car’s bumper even if Hernandez said he immediately stepped on the breaks. The victim incurred a severe head injury, which resulted to his comatose state and his eventual death last Monday.
More charges to be filed
Meanwhile, Haidie Tayag, the wife of the victim, refuses to accept that Hernandez was able to get out of the detention center after paying the measly fine of P 2,000.
In addition to the physical injury case filed against Hernandez, Mrs. Tayag reiterated that the suspect should also face another set of charges because his license expired last July 17 and he was using a company car.
Mrs. Tayag added that they are now trying to elevate the case from serious physical injuries to homicide.
"Aside from saying sorry for what happened, of course, he needs to be liable for his actions since it was my husband’s life which he took," said Mrs. Tayag.
In order to avoid any further accidents, Mrs. Tayag calls on the authorities to place pedestrian lanes, footbridges, and speed limits at Jasa road in addition to the strict traffic rules being implemented.
"It is about time for the officials to consider placing more safety measures and if possible put CCTV cameras along JASA," said Mrs. Tayag.
A killer road?
The Jasa along the city of San Fernando and Bacolor town, authorities said, recorded 43 accidents from January to July this year.
The latest and gravest accident happened several days ago in a vehicular smash-up, which killed five people in Bacolor town.
Odilon Targa of the City of San Fernando police calls on the public to be more cautious while driving along Jasa.
"Since we are already experiencing the rainy season, people should be twice as vigilant and avoid going through slippery roads," said Targa.