Businessman dies, 2 hurt in Baguio road mishap

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BAGUIO CITY  – A 53-year old businessman died on the spot while two other individuals were injured after a wayward truck bumped the rear end of a passenger jeepney that was loading passengers at Lower Brookside, Manuel Roxas St., here, shortly before noon Friday.

Superintendent Freddie M. Lazona, chief of the Baguio City Police Office – Traffic Management Branch (BCPO-TMB), identified the fatality as  Raymond Del Rosario Espelita, 53 years old, married, businessman, and a resident of Holyghost Extension, Baguio City while he named the injured individuals as Ann D. Bakisan, 28 years old, single, Videographer, a resident of M. Roxas Street, Baguio City and Wilma Marquez Pascua, 35 years old, married, housewife, a resident of Imelda Village, Baguio City.

Initial police investigation showed that the truck driven by Ricky Marcelo Willy, 29 years old, married, truck driver, and a resident of  Papasok Tawang La Trinidad, Benguet, was heading towards the intersection of Manuel Roxas St. and Rimando road when it allegedly suffered mechanical trouble and lost its brakes causing it to bumped the passenger jeepney driven by Ariel Batac Estocapio, 53 years old, married, Jitney Driver, and a resident of M. Roxas Street, Baguio City, that was loading passengers at the time of the incident.

Because of the collision, the victim, who was about to take his seat on the jeepney, was pinned down several meters away as the truck pushed the jeepney forward until it also hit a parked vehicle driven by Larivic Bermudez Morzo, 43 years old, married, driver, and a resident of JURC Bldg., España, Sampaloc, Manila, that was on the right side of the road.

The victim allegedly died on the spot while the two injured jeepney passengers were rushed to the Pines City Doctors Hospital for medical treatment.

A case of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, multiple physical injuries and multiple damage to property are being prepared against the truck driver for filing before the city prosecutor’s office as the driver was ordered to be temporarily detained at the Baguio City Jail.

By Dexter A. See   

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