Vehicular accident in Santander, Cebu claims life of village chief’s daughter
CEBU CITY, Philippines – A tragic vehicular accident on Monday afternoon, March 25, 2019, along the Cebu South Road in Santander claimed the life of the daughter of a village chief from this southern most town of Cebu.
Senior Inspector Mikhail Mallorca, Santander Police Station chief, confirmed reports that 23-year-old Danica Onlagada, the daughter of Talisay Barangay Captain Marjorito Onlagada, died in the accident that happened around 3:15 p.m.
Police said they received reports that the younger Onlagada was pregnant when the tragedy occurred.
Mallorca said the father and daughter were on their way home to Talisay, Santander from a visit to the hospital in the neighboring town of Oslob past 2 p.m. on Monday.
They were on board their red Toyota Vios, driven by the older Onlagada, when the car rammed into a six-wheeler wing truck that was parked at the side of the road. But because of its size, the truck was occupying a large portion of the highway.
“The truck made an emergency parking along the road because one of its wheels was busted, and the driver and his companions were repairing it,” he added.
The passenger’s side of the Vios received the most damage as it was this part that smashed beneath the left rear portion of the parked truck.
“As of now, we’re still determining as to how the car rammed beneath the wing truck,” Mallorca said.
Responders declared the younger Onlagada dead on the spot while her father was rushed to a nearby hospital.
“As of now, the father has not spoken yet because he is still in shock. He is still in trauma. He only received scratches from the accident. The driver of the truck was also brought in for questioning,” said Mallorca.
Mallorca also said the area where the tragedy occurred is also considered as an accident-prone area.
“The road is straight and, based from our previous reports, most of the vehicles involved in accidents here [are speeding],” he added.
Santander is a fourth class municipality located 135.2 kilometers south of Cebu City. /bmjo
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