Six persons including three children were killed while five others suffered injuries after a chicken delivery truck whose driver was allegedly drunk went on a hit-and-run spree along the National Highway in Cugman late Sunday night.
In a news report over Magnum Radyo, the truck owned by El Raro Trucking bearing plate number YDY-562 driven by an intoxicated Freddie Talisayan first ran over a motorcycle driven by a certain Ronnie Abrio and his three kids near Cugman Barangay Hall. All three children were killed on the spot.
Instead of stopping, the truck sped further and hit a motorela near the vicinity of Cugman Police Station. Witnesses described one passenger was thrown out of the motorela during the incident. Accordingly, the passenger, a female was the fourth fatality.
Again, the driver did not stop so police gave chase until they finally caught up with the truck at Bigaan Bridge in Gusa where it hit another vehicle and killed a certain Vivian Nacaya, reportedly a transgender.
As reported, all other victims were brought to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). The father of the 3 kids later died at the said hospital.
Photo below shows the driver (right) and his brother Felix Talisayan (truck helper) now detained by police. Initial reports revealed the driver had been drinking since 10:00am Sunday but refused to heed his brother’s advice not to drive because he was too drunk.
Police are now preparing charges of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, multiple serious injury, and multiple damage to property against the suspect. The suspect could also face another charge for violating Republic Act No. 10586 or the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013”. Section 12(c) of RA 10586 states:
If the violation of Section 5 resulted in homicide, the penalty provided in Article 249 of the Revised Penal Code and a fine ranging from Three hundred thousand pesos (Php300,000.00) to Five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000.00) shall be imposed.