Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria has pledged to provide assistance in cash and in kind to the injured as well as families of the victims who were killed in a road accident along the national highway in Dauin, Negros Oriental Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters, Mayor Sagarbarria assured that he will shoulder the hospitalization, burial and other expenses of the victims as he immediately sent some representatives to meet with them and their families on Wednesday.
Mayor Sagarbarria expressed sadness saying the collision was an accident and nothing can be done to bring back the lives of those who perished.
The Dumaguete Mayor was identified as the owner of the cargo truck that rammed a passenger multicab at Km. 15 of the south national highway in Dauin town around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The driver of the multicab died instantly while two of his passengers were declared dead on arrival at a private hospital in Dumaguete. Six others also suffered multiple injuries, five of whom were passengers of the multicab and the other, the assistant of the truck driver.
Dauin police now have in their custody the truck driver, Arsenio Tolomia, as charges of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and serious physical injuries were to be filed against him in court on Thursday.
Tolomia is believed to have been driving under the influence of liquor. He and his assistant were at a flea market in Malatapay, Zamboanguita, the town next to Dauin, to purchase hogs for the Mayor’s restaurant business.
They were returning to Dumaguete when the accident happened.
Some family members said they will pursue a case against Tolomia.
Mayor Sagarbarria, meanwhile, also promised he will not interfere with police investigation and that the full force of the law shall be applied. (PNA)