Accident ends contender’s run 2 kms from finish line

A competitive female runner who was less than two kilometers from the finish line of the Milo Marathon Cebu leg was hit by a car on P. del Rosario corner Jakosalem St. in Cebu City yesterday.The victim,

A competitive female runner who was less than two kilometers from the finish line of the Milo Marathon Cebu leg was hit by a car on P. del Rosario corner Jakosalem St. in Cebu City yesterday.

The victim, Ezel Conde, 22, was brought by a Barangay Guadalupe ambulance to the St. Vincent General Hospital after suffering an injury to the head and bruises on her body.

A Toyota Vios with plate number AAL-1848 driven by college student Abel Racaza Tanjay, 19, hit Conde. The participant is a regular in the local running scene and was even in contention for a podium finish in the women’s 10K when the untoward incident happened.

Tanjay was suspected to be drunk, but his liquor test came out negative.

PO2 Levi Ronel Lepetin, the traffic investigator, said that Tanjay’s alcohol intake, alcohol breath, conjuctival injection and Romberg’s tests all came out negative.

Lepetin of Police Station 1 said Tanjay was not detained, but they are waiting for the victim’s family to file a report.

Milo Marathon Cebu leg head organizer Ricky Ballesteros visited and talked to the victim in the hospital. The victim is now on stable condition.

“According to the driver, whom I talked through phone, the runner was sideswiped and was hit by the side mirror of his car. The runner fell on the sidewalk, which resulted to her getting bruises in the right side of the body and an injury in the head,” said Ballesteros.

Ballesteros said Tanjay promised to shoulder her hospital expenses. Tanjay also took Conde to another hospital to have her undergo a CT scan and an X-ray. (RSC)