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UPLB researcher dies, driver in ‘hit-and-run’ faces homicide

/ 10:47 AM August 13, 2019

SAN PEDRO CITY –– The driver in the “hit-and-run” of a University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) researcher would be facing homicide charges after the victim, who was in a coma for days, died, authorities said.

Edilyn Lopez, a researcher in the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, died August 10, said Los Baños police chief Lt. Col. Louie Dionglay on Tuesday.

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Both her parents are ranking officials assigned to the Police Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame and the Cordillera region.

In a phone interview, Dionglay said they would upgrade the case of physical injuries initially filed against Mark Joshua Peñarubia, 23.

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Peñarubia, a skilled laborer on-call at the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)-Department of Science and Technology in Los Baños, surrendered to police on August 9.

He admitted to driving the car that hit Lopez, a UPLB alumna, on August 7 along the national highway in Barangay Anos.

Peñarubia told police he came from a drinking session that night and sped away towards Calamba City after the incident.

The FPRDI, meanwhile, clarified that Peñarubia was not its employee but was only under a contract of service.

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