Doctor causes 6-vehicle smashup
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A doctor sent a woman to the hospital Wednesday morning after he crashed his car into five other vehicles in Quezon City.
Witnesses said that when Dr. Carlo Sioson got out of his Toyota Altis (ZPC 170) after the accident, he immediately threw away several empty ampules.
While in the custody of traffic policemen, the 34-year-old doctor who said he was an anesthesiologist explained the blood smears on his pants and the needle marks on his forearms by saying that he had been injecting himself with antibiotics to treat his bursitis (inflammation of the bursa—fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones, joints, tendons and muscles).
Asked by the Philippine Daily Inquirer if he had been injecting himself while driving, Sioson did not give an answer although he later blurted out, “But it’s so hard to find a vein.”
The doctor, however, was later released without charges being filed against him after he assured the other drivers that he would pay for the damage to their vehicles, according to traffic investigator Senior Police Officer 2 Jeanmar Bumanglang.
Of the occupants of the five other vehicles hit by Sioson, only 33-year-old Avery Datol was taken to Quirino Memorial Medical Center as a precaution. Doctors who examined her later sent her home after they determined that she did not suffer any injury.
The traffic investigator said the accident happened at 7 a.m. yesterday right after Filemon Marin Jr. stopped his tricycle on T. Castro Street in Project 4, Quezon City to let his passenger off.
Marin told the Inquirer that he was about to drive off when he noticed the Toyota Altis driven by Sioson backing up rapidly toward his direction.
“Luckily for me, I was able to jump off my tricycle before the car hit it. I could have been killed,” he said, adding that when the Altis hit his tricycle, the motorcycle ended up pinned against a Nissan Sentra that was parked on the street.
Bumanglang said that instead of stopping, the driver of the Altis sped off but before he did, the back of his vehicle hit the tricycle a second time.
As the car moved forward, it sideswiped a Starex van being driven by Emmanuel dela Peña. It then hit a Toyota Vios with Harold Asuncion behind the wheel at the point where T. Castro merged with Katipunan Avenue.
Still, the Altis did not stop until it crashed into a Honda Jazz being driven by Armando Buban who had Datol as his passenger. The impact sent the Honda barreling toward the center island of Katipunan Avenue.
A visibly stunned Sioson told the Inquirer that he lost control of his car because “there was something wrong with the transmission line.” But several minutes after, he said its brakes had malfunctioned.
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