Driver in Lapu ‘hit and run’ may face charges

THE driver of a four-wheeled vehicle that hit a student in a pedestrian lane in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, Tuesday afternoon, November 15, 2022, may face charges, said police.

Police Major Karen Bangkoleta, chief of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Station 4, told SunStar Cebu that they already secured the plate number of the four-wheeled vehicle through a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage near the area where the incident took place.

Bangkoleta said they will forward the footage to the Land Transportation Office (LTO), adding that this is still subject for “enhancement verification.”

She said the driver may still be facing charges even of the student if alive.

Bangkoleta said the incident has not yet been reported to police but he stressed that they received information that the student’s mother is about to go to the station to report what happened.

He said they have yet to interview the victim and his mother for proper filing of case, depending on the status of the student.

The chief of police reminded drivers of responsible driving, particularly in Barangay Basak, where heavy traffic is often observed.

“Pag nag-drive tayo, dapat naka-focus talaga tayo kasi meron talagang tumatawid lalo na diyan sa area na may mga estudyante, so mag-ingat talaga,” she said, adding that drivers need to avoid any distraction such as cellphones.

(When we drive, we must be really focused because there are people crossing, especially in the area where there are students, so be careful.)

Meanwhile, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan urged the public to report any information about the driver.

“Di makiangayon ning gibuhat sa driver nga mi-hit and run sa inosenteng bata nga mitabok sa sakto nga pedestrian lane. Palihug sa pagreport sa akong opisina kung kamo nakasaksi sa maong hitabo ug nakahinumdom kamo sa plate number sa maong sakyanan,” said Chan in a Facebook post. (MKG)