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‘Killer vehicle’ in hit-and-run owned by a colonel – QCPD

August 16, 2022 Joel dela Torre 291 views

THE Quezon City Police District (QCPD) yesterday announced that the black Ford Ranger, which was involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a tricycle driver and injured a passenger, was traced by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to a police colonel as its owner.

In a statement sent to the media, QC top cop Brig. Gen. Nicolas D. Torre III said that the car owner was immediately relieved from his post as chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) and was reassigned to the District Holding and Accounting Section (DPHAS).

Maj. Sheryl Bautista was tapped to head the CIDU pending investigation of the case.

The suspect, according to the report, has denied responsibility for the incident. He claimed that a certain “Ronald Centino” (at large) who was in charge of the vehicle maintenance was the one using the car when the accident happened around 5:00 a.m. on August 6 at the corners of Anonas and Pajo Sts., in Bgy. Quirino 2A.

Killed was Joel Laroa, 53, of Krus na Ligas. His passenger Rozelle Morales, 27, of Antipolo City, sustained injuries.

The QCPD said it is continuously conducting in-depth investigations on the incident.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, physical injury, and damage to property, however, were filed against the policeman and Centino.

The QCPD assured the public that should criminal liability and negligence be proven on the part of the police colonel, additional administrative charges shall be instituted against him.

“Sa ngayon ay nasampahan na ng kaukulang kaso ang mga taong responsible sa pangyayari. Sisiguraduhin natin na ang ating awtoridad ay hindi kailanman magiging instrumento ng anumang uri ng pang-aabuso. Kung mapapatunayan na may pagkakasala ang ating opisyal na sangkot sa insidente, kailangan niyang harapin ang akusasyon laban sa kanya at ang karampatang parusa para rito,” Torre III said.