1 dead, 2 hurt as SUV rams cars, concrete pole in Cebu City

CEBU CITY – A motorist died while two bicycle riders were injured when a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) driven by a Korean national rammed several vehicles in Barangay Mabolo here early Saturday morning, November 11.


A FORD Expedition SUV driven by a Korean is badly damaged after it hit several motorists and rammed a concrete electric post in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City on Saturday, November 11. (Photo courtesy of DYHP RMN Cebu)

The fatality was identified as Jomarie Bernas.

Police believe that the driver of the Ford Expedition SUV identified as Jaehyun Lee was drunk during the incident that happened around 6 a.m. Lee, temporarily residing in Mandaue City, Cebu, was critically injured in the accident.

According to investigation, Lee was traversing Pope John Paul II Ave. when he hit a Toyota Vios sedan driven by Marc Dominic Arante.

Arante disembarked from his vehicle to confront Lee but the Korean sped off. Lee’s SUV hit another Toyota Vios driven by Erwin Conson.

The Korean continued driving until he hit a motorcycle driven by Bernas. The Korean still didn’t stop until he hit bicycle riders John Rin Lindra and Adrian Seguera.

The Korean continued driving until he lost control of the steering wheel and slammed into an electric concrete post. The SUV turned upside down because of the impact.

A resident saw the Korean bleeding and lying on the ground near the SUV.

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office brought the Korean and the injured motorists to the hospital.

Charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and multiple serious physical injuries will be filed against the Korean, police said.