Multiple homicide and physical injuries caused by reckless imprudence charges were filed Saturday March 2 by the head teacher-chaperone, a sugar cane cargo truck driver and a police investigator, against the driver of a Toyota HI Ace van owned by the UV Express van-for-hire which smashed into the sugar cane cargo truck Friday March 1 past 6am, killing six of its l5 passengers mostly Grade 11 of Basay National High School students who all came from a regional mathematics and dance competition in Cebu a day or two earlier.
DEPED SEC. LEONOR M. BRIONES, who was in Dumaguete condoled with the victims and gave cash assistance . Henceforth, she said, all student out-campus official trips will be covered by insurance for students side from the teachers. Otherwise, they don’t travel.
Briones intimated that the teacher chaperones must also choose if not attest to the road-worthiness of vans and buses which students will use in the travel.
“It may cost billions nationwide for 27 million students, but it is worth the safety net even as we even insure our athletes and coaches joining athletic games, why not those joining intellectual and academic competitions?” Briones commented.
The driver of the ill-fated UV Express Van, 29-yr old Jaypee Sara Sarad, of Butohon Daku, Dauin, is now detained at the Zamboanguita jail awaiting trial, upon inquest by Asst Provincial Prosecutor Emmylou Bandanillo and complainant assisted by counsel, Atty Chole Abastillas.
Complainant-teacher guide John Mark Prestin of Basay National High School attested with LTO head Janine Flores Lawas, that the van cruising at 80kph with worn-out tires, on a slippery road from Dumaguete to Bayawan, connecting to Basay, with the l5 student son board after overtaking a vehicle, suddenly met a big cargo truck , went out of control, and smashed its side on the yellow truck’s bumper , killing instantly six students who were on the side of the impact (see photo page one) and injuring the rest. They were all brought ot the Silliman Medical Center and Provincial Hospital by police patrol and rescue vehicles of Zamboanguita.
The sugarcane cargo truck was driven by Elpidio Ewayan delos Santos of Villareal, Tulong, Bayawan. The truck owner is Moreyfel Anne Noel Buenafe of Tulong Bayawan City. Investigator filing the case with Prestin and delos Santos was SP01 Janice Eluna.
Those who died were twin sisters named Cherry Rose and Cherry Ann Kadusale; Kevin Aguilar, Christian Bueconsejo, Josua Bosmeon, and an unidentified femal.
Those with injuries in the hospital are: James Bagarinao, Eleman Toquero, Justine Generoso, Willie Chua, Jessie Sabanal and Lawrence Villaver.
Relesed were John Mark Prestin, Vanessa Balsamong, and Genelyn Tabojara.