By John Aldrin Casinas
A motorcycle rider was killed and a UV Express driver was injured in a multiple-vehicle collision along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City Saturday morning.
Colonel Remigio Sedanto, city police chief, identified the fatality as Grace Ann Pajemago, 25, of Barangay Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City.
The vehicles which figured in the smashup were two jeepneys, a hatchback, a sedan, a UV Express van, a mid-sized SUV, a Toyota Innova and the fatality’s motorcycle.
Initial investigation showed that the accident took place on the eastbound lane of Shaw Boulevard near Sheridan Street at around 8:15 a.m.
Police said a jeepney descending from the Shaw Boulevard flyover driven by Wilfredo Gigante Paylan lost control and mowed down the vehicles in front of it.
The jeepney sideswiped a sedan and a hatchback before it struck the motorcycle of Pajemago which then smashed onto a UV Express van driven by Benjamin Celestra Jr.
Police said Celestra also sustained injuries during the incident.
Due to the force of impact, the van sideswiped the mid-size SUV before slamming on the jeepney in front of it. The jeepney then hit on the rear of the Toyota Innova.
Gigante is now under the custody of Mandaluyong City Police.
Charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, physical injury and multiple damage to properties will be filed against Gigante, police said.