Suspect in Minglanilla road accident falls, drives without license

THE driver of the motorcycle who fled after hitting another motorist in Minglanilla town, southern Cebu that resulted in the death of a teacher and the wounding of her husband on Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2022, was arrested by police in a follow-up operation Wednesday noon.

The suspect, identified as Luigie Go Lazarte, 25, a backhoe operator from Barangay Cabatbatan, San Fernando town, southern Cebu, was traced by operatives of Minglanilla Police Station through the motorcycle that he abandoned in the area after the accident.

The motorcycle with plate number 0201-749723/ 383 BEV was registered under the name of his father, Eladio S. Go, of Purok Buongon, Barangay Lamacan, Sibonga town.

But Eladio said the motorcycle was no longer in his possession as it was used by his son Luigi in San Fernando, prompting the Minglanilla police to conduct an operation and arrest the suspect in his residence.

The younger Lazarte said during police interrogation that he immediately fled after the incident despite being wounded, as he was worried about his safety and was also driving without a driver's license.

"Gibiyaan daw niya iyang motorsiklo nga Rusi 125, unya sa unahan misakay sa Ceres Bus paingon sa San Fernando," said Rosaroso.

(He said he left his motorcycle Rusi 125, then rode a Ceres Bus going to San Fernando)

Police Staff Sergeant Mark Rosaroso of Minglanilla Police Station said Luigi panicked because he had no driver's license.

Rosaroso said that Lazarte came from his work in Minglanilla and was driving fast on his way home when he hit the motorcycle driven by Sherwin Servado, 45, a resident of Deca Homes in Barangay Tungkil, Minglanilla.

Servado reportedly made a left turn and was about to park his motorcycle on the roadside when Lazarte hit them.

Sherwin and his wife, Charisma, who was riding at the back were thrown off the motorcycle due to the impact.

Charisma died instantly due to severe head wounds.

"Mohapit sila sa kan-anan sa maong lugar, unya nakapadaplin na, asta ubang sakyanan milugar kalit nga nadaro sa motorsiklo sa suspek," Rosaroso said.

(They were going to drop by a restaurant in the area and were already along the roadside as other cars gave way when the suspect plowed their motorcycle).

Charisma was teaching in Minglanilla Central School and the incident occurred on the eve of National Teachers' Day, October 5, 2022. (GPL, TPT)