Freelance photog killed in Quezon City road accident


03:11 PM February 2nd, 2013

By: Julie M. Aurelio, February 2nd, 2013 03:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines—A lensman was killed while three other persons were injured, including a three-month-old baby, when their car smashed into a flyover railing past midnight Friday in Quezon City.

Freelance photographer Glenn Awayan, 37, was declared dead on arrival at a hospital following the accident on Katipunan Avenue.

Senior Inspector Erlito Renegin, commander of Traffic Sector 3 of the Quezon City Police District, said the victim, his live-in partner and his baby, were in the Toyota Corolla (UTM-659) driven by another freelance photographer when the accident happened at the foot of the flyover on Katipunan Avenue in Barangay Loyola Heights.

Awayan was rushed by rescuers to the nearby Quirino Memorial Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival. His live-in-partner, Florida Ferrer, 19,  their 3-month-old daughter Tiara, and the driver of the car, Richard Tandoc, 37, a resident of Valle Verde, Pasig City, were also injured and taken to the QMMC, with the baby in critical condition, police said.

The car driven by Tandoc  was on the southbound lane of Katipunan Avenue with Awayan sitting in front and Ferrer and her daughter in the rear seat. The car was supposed to take the flyover but the vehicle smashed into the railing before it could make its ascent.

Renegin said investigators had yet to speak with the survivors of the accident to find out how and why it happened.

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