Runner who was hit by a truck in Mandaue is now recovering

Driver Guillermo Mangubat lies on the sidewalk after being hit by a truck in the city of Mandaue on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. | contributed photo

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu—The biker who was hit by a truck along AC Cortes Avenue in Barangay Cambaro, Mandaue City is now recovering in one of the hospitals here.

Police Corporal Arvel Velez, a field investigator with the Mandaue City Police Bureau Traffic Control Unit (TEU-MCPO), said Guillermo Mangubat, 56, who was hit by a truck on Monday, October 18, 2022, underwent surgery after sustaining broken legs and back.

Velez said the two vehicles were heading towards the Barangay Maguikay flyover when Guillermo was hit by the truck.

“Sitwasyun gyud ato is a bumper-to-bumper traffic siya. Aginod is the flow of traffic, starting from the stop position. Mao na to nahitabo, suddenly nadumbulan, natumba, nalatayan siya,” Velez said.

(The situation was bumper-to-bumper traffic. The traffic flow was slow, starting from the stop position. Then that’s what happened, suddenly he was hit, then the driver fell and the truck ran him over.)

The truck driver, identified as Jepsy Jakosalem, 42, of Sto. Niño Guizo, from the city of Mandaue, is currently detained at the Opao police station.

Velez said Jakosalem claimed he did not know and saw that Mangubat was in front of his truck in a blind spot.

The victim’s wife wants to file a complaint against Jakosalem. He will face a case of reckless recklessness resulting in serious physical injury, Velez said.

Velez said a representative from the truck driver’s company had already visited their office but was unsure if they had been able to speak with the motorcyclist’s family.

Velez reminds motorists to always be alert and careful when driving to avoid having accidents.

“Atoang huna-hunaon nga aduna tay pamilya nga ulian, kanunay magmatngun, ug i emphasize disiplina in dalan aron makalikay sa disgrasya,” Velez said.

(We must remember that there is always a family waiting at home, so we must always be careful and emphasize discipline on the road to avoid accidents.)

The traffic control unit records an average of 15 traffic accidents every day in the city of Mandaue.

/bmjo

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