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13-year-old boy dies in vehicular accident


A resident of Barangay Putik, this city, was arrested after the car he is driving hit a 13-year-old boy to death along MCLL Highway, Barangay Mangusu, Zamboanga City on Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Jomil Francisco y Paradillo, 13, a resident of the said barangay.

He was brought to Vitali Lying Center for the medical treatment but the attending physician declared him dead while undergoing treatment.

Initial police investigation conducted by Police Station 1 showed that Rehtur Jhon Saligan y Bulotano, 22, single, was driving his Toyota car and was cruising along the national highway towards the direction of Barangay Curuan, this city, at about 7 a.m. when he accidentally hit the young boy.

Based on initial police investigation, Saligan was cruising fast Manguso when he failed  to notice the young victim who out of nowhere suddenly crossed the highway. Even though the driver was able to put on the brakes, the car still directly hit the boy fatally.

Saligan assisted the victim and rushed him to the nearest hospital but the boy later expired due to severe injuries in his head and body.

The driver was brought to the police station for detention while his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

A case of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide has already been readied by the local police against him in court.

The body of the boy was already brought to their residence by his family. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)

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