In Salcedo, Eastern Samar
TACLOBAN CITY– A student died while 11 others were injured after they were hit by a vehicle in Salcedo, Eastern Samar on Wednesday (May 10) at about 11:55 am.
The local police on Thursday filed charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and multiple serious physical injuries against the driver of the vehicle, Manuel Waniwan, 61, at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Guiuan town, also in Eastern Samar.
The students involved in the vehicular accident as identified by the management of the Salcedo Vocational High School were Nora-ain Soledad,17; Niña Mae Sevilla,17; Micaella Raagas, 17; Marianita Cadizal, 18; Bea Amor Macapanas, 17; Mariell Cabugawan; 18; Lady Ann Eded, 18; Daisyree Labutap, 18; Riby Garcia, 19; Roxanne Fabillar, 17; Mary Rose Caballegan, 17; and Aprel Macajeto, 18 who died while being brought to a hospital.
The students were standing just outside the school premises waiting for vehicles as they were to go home when the vehicle driven by Waniwan, reported to be running in high speed, ran them over, resulting in the injuries of the students and the death of one of them.
All were brought to the Salcedo Doctors Hospital for treatment. But two of them, who were not identified, were later brought to the Eastern Visayas Medical Center in Tacloban City for further treatment.
Town police chief, Police Capt. Julio Quilbio said that the suspect was on his way to Barangay Malbog, Salcedo from Guiuan town when the gruesome accident happened.
“According to him, he was falling asleep while he was driving reason he hit the students. This is really a very unfortunate incident,” Quilbio said in a phone interview.
The driver, who is from Guiuan town, is now detained at the local police lock-up facility.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)