Hit-and-run driver, who killed cyclist, nabbed in Talisay
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The hit-and-run driver, whose pickup truck hit and killed a cyclist in Naga City on the early morning of Jan. 24, was arrested in Talisay City in the afternoon of Jan. 25.
Joseph Elgie Gentapa, a 24-year-old resident of a subdivision in Barangay San Isidro, Talisay City, was arrested near his home in Barangay San Isidro at past 2 p.m., according to a police report on the arrest.
The arrest was the result of a joint operation against the hit-and-run driver by the Naga City Police Station, the Talisay City Police Station and the Talisay-Traffic Operations and Development Authority (CT-TODA).
According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Florendo Fajardo, Naga City Police Station chief, in a police report of the accident, that the pickup truck was travelling on the Cebu City bound lane of the national highway in Barangay Colon, Naga City at past 4 a.m. of Jan. 24.
Suddenly, the pickup truck hit the cyclist traveling in front of the vehicle.
The impact threw the cyclist on the ground, killing him, and wrecking the bicycle.
The driver of the pickup truck did not stop to help the cyclist, but instead left him on the street.
The cyclist, Jose Romilo Blanco, died in the accident.
Naga police then conducted a hot pursuit operation against the hit-and-run driver, which led to Gentapa’s arrest.
Gentapa was detained at the Naga City Police Station.
Police said he would be facing charges of Reckless Imprudence resulting in Homicide, and violation of Section 55 of Republic Act 4136 for abandoning the victim in the area of the accident./dbs
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