Truck rams trike, kills two young girls

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union-A 19-year-old son of a former city councilor was taken by policemen after he was allegedly involved in a vehicular accident, while he was driving a pick-up truck that rammed into a tricycle, head-on with two young female passengers aboard, resulting to their death, early Sunday.

City police director, PSupt Julius Suriben identified the involved as John Mari Orros, son of ex-City Councilor John Orros, of #123 Airport Road, Barangay Canaoay, here while the fatalities were Shiara Mae Nuesca, 20 and Angelica Rodriguez, 17, both residents of Barangay Lingsat

They both suffered serious injuries and were rushed to the hospital, however, Nuesca died earlier while being treated while Rodriguez fell into comatose before she died at 5 PM

Orros was driving a Ford Ranger pick-up vehicle, bearing plate # XJZ 538 and traversing southbound on a curve along the national highway in Barangay Pagdaraon at about 1:30 AM when he collided, head-on with the motorized tricycle, bearing plate number 85077 and body number 1660 driven by Ernesto Gañola, of Barangay Ortega in Bacnotan town.

The strong impact threw Gañola, 39, several meters away breaking his foot and was rushed to the hospital while Orros, who was unhurt, was in police custody.

According to reliable sources, the girls attended a school activity and ate out at a fast food store before they headed for home.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the driver of the said car was intoxicated at that time.

In a city ordinance, a 17-year-old minor is prohibited to roam and loiter starting at 10PM to 4AM without a justifiable reason but not during fiestas, holidays, Fridays and Saturday and school-related events.

It was learned that the said portion of the national road was the site of several deadly vehicular accidents nearly every year.

City Councilor Joseph De Guzman, an adviser for the students’ organization in the locality said that there must be a strict implementation of the said city ordinance for the safety and security of minors at night time. NorthboundPH/William Jun Garcia