LUCBAN, Quezon -- Another unintended rapid acceleration incident in the province happened in this town on Saturday afternoon, hurting 17 persons and inflicting heavy damage on several vehicles.
But Quezon police director Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento said the incident did not involve a Montero Sports wagon similar to that of what happened in Tiaong town last year and in many parts of the country in the past.
Armamento said the vehicle involved was a white Hyundai Accent (AAC-1678), a rental bridal car driven by Roger Peñaflor, 53, of Bgy. 10, here.
Town police commander Chief Insp. Alejandro Onquit identified the victims as Rey Mark Reyes, 12, Novalyn Keith De Asis, 19, Christina de Asis, 45, Romano Ibardelosa, 49, Jessica Florez, 16, Rey Reyes, 35, Vickson Briagas, 32, Robin Reyes, 23, Mark Apuada, 21, Marion Joyce Villaverde, 18, Romeo Elpa, 59, Rico Ortañes, 57, Oliver Amador, 34, Jose Joel Obat, 48, Ernald Gahuman, 29, Ildefonso Absulio, 54, and Eubert Lucmong, 21.
Onquit said the incident started as the vehicle was about to leave the premises of the town’s Catholic Church at 2:30 p.m.
“As he (Peñaflor) started the engine, it suddenly malfunctioned and accelerated,” said Onquit, quoting the driver.
Onquit said the vehicle went through San Luis St. at high speed, smashing the victims, including a 12-year-old boy, and damaging several vehicles parked along the busy street. He said some of the victims were walking and the rest were waiting for a ride.
During the investigation, Onquit said Peñaflor told probers that as the engine accelerated rapidly, he quickly applied the foot and hand brakes but both failed.
The victims were taken by the police and residents to the hospital here and other hospitals in Lucena City.
Peñaflor was detained at the town police jail and will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries and damage to property.
The first unintended acceleration incident in the province involving a Montero Sports Wagon happened in Tiaong town on March 11, 2016, hurting a dentist and her three-year-old nephew.