By Erma Edera
A 17-year-old student was killed while two women were injured in a hit-and-run accident along Roxas Boulevard corner Pedro Gil in Ermita, Manila, early Monday morning.
Initial investigation showed that victim Jeremiah Erwin Tan was crossing northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard at 1:30 a.m. when a speeding car hit him, sending him a few feet away from his spot.
However, the suspect reportedly did not alight from his vehicle and sped off toward unknown destination.
Jeremiah Erwin Tan was a freshman Accountancy student in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).
Tan sustained injuries as he landed hard on the concrete road pavement and rushed to Ospital ng Maynila where he later died.
Meanwhile, Philippine Red Cross volunteers immediately rushed to the area for first aid but there were no serious injuries seen on two women.
Witnesses claimed that the driver of the vehicle was beating the red light and the vehicle’s license plate number was TQR-245.
When the police verified the plate number, the Land Transportation Office said the vehicle reportedly belongs to Sun Fortune Inc. based in Malanday, Valenzuela.
Eventually, operatives from the Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit found the 70-year-old driver who was reportedly set to board a flight to Hong Kong on Monday afternoon.
Victor Kung, a Chinese national and consultant of a textile company in Valenzuela City was set to board at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 when operatives of MPD arrested him in the boarding gate. His flight was delayed.
The suspect refused to give a statement but police said Kung was sick.
Kung will be facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
In a Facebook post, PLM – College of Business and Government Management Student Council seek justice for the death of Tan.
“We, the PLM – College of Business and Government Management Student Council together with our fellow students would like to express our deepest and sincere grief as Jeremiah Tan, freshman BSA student, a victim of hit and run accident, has finally surrendered his life to our Creator. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Rest in peace, Jeremiah. #JusticeForJeremiah,” the group said in a statement.