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4 dead in Skyway mishap

By Miko Morelos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:54:00 05/17/2010

Filed Under: Road Accidents

MANILA, Philippines?Four people were killed, three of them children, when a sport utility vehicle slammed into a concrete barrier of the Skyway near Sun Valley Subdivision in Bicutan, Parañaque City, at around 2 p.m. Sunday.

Virgilio Dupaya, an employee of Skyway O&M (Somco) which operates the expressway, said the Toyota Fortuner (ZMU 898) was probably cruising above the speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour when it hit the barrier and flipped over.

?It could have been going at over 100 kph,? he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on the phone.

Dupaya said Cheryl Joy Rondon, 10; Shelimar Rakiin, 5; and Daryl Lopez, 10; were killed instantly while the driver, Sehawi Rakiin, 35, was taken to Parañaque Doctors Hospital for treatment.

However, she died several hours later, PO2 Richard Sisneros, an investigator of the Highway Patrol Group, reported.

Lost control

Dupaya added that based on their initial investigation, the driver may have lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into the road barrier. He said there were no other vehicles in the area at that time.

Ed Nepomuceno, Somco operations manager, said that after the SUV hit the barrier, it flipped over several times before coming to a rest upside down, nearly 100 meters away from the site of impact.

He added that one of the vehicle?s tires was busted which may have triggered the accident.

Nepomuceno also said they were checking if the victim?s car was in a convoy with another vehicle. The victims were reportedly on their way to a theme park in Laguna when the SUV hit the road barrier.



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