Criminal charges to be filed against truck driver who rammed store, tricycles in Antipolo

Published August 15, 2021, 9:24 AM

by Nel Andrade

Police are set to file criminal charges on Monday against a driver of a truck who rammed a variety store and several tricycles in Antipolo City, killing one person and injuring at least four others Saturday.

(Photo from Jun-Andeng Ynares’ Facebook page)

According to the Antipolo Police Station, the suspect, Romeo Gacho, driver of the 12-wheeler truck, is detained at the police station and is facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, physical injuries and damage to properties.

The lone fatality, Charly Dave Dapapac, 22, a tricycle driver and a resident of Sitio Tagbac, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, died later in the hospital.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said at least three persons were recorded as injured in the incident. Police said among those injured were Rosita Alsonado and Arnold Gravador.

A post on Facebook by netizens showed that witnesses claimed that Dapapac was rushed to the hospital using a passenger tricycle.

Police said according to the truck driver, he lost control of the vehicle upon reaching a downhill portion of the Provincial Road and rammed several tricycles parked on the road side before the truck rammed into the variety store located at Sitio Junction in Barangay San Jose.

A witness told rescuers that Dapapac might have been buying something at the variety store when the accident happened between 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Aug. 13.

CDRRMO head Relly Bernardo told Manila Bulletin the city government may provide financial assistance to the family of Dapapac through the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Some witnesses told other rescuers that there might be at least four to five others who were indirectly injured as a result of the crash as there were several tricycles that were parked in the area during the time of the incident.