Cebu-based journalist Pegeen Sararaña dies at 24
DUMAGUETE CITY — A Cebu-based journalist succumbed to severe brain injuries after she was hit by a truck while on her way home after covering the events in connection with the slay of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and eight others.
Pegeen Maisie Sararaña, 24, a multi-media reporter of Cebu Daily News Digital, died at the Negros Polymedic Hospital in Sibulan, Negros Oriental at 9:14 p.m. on Monday.
According to police reports, Sararaña was onboard a motorcycle driven by Niel Ian Balcobero when the truck suddenly rammed into them while waiting for their turn to cross the road in San Jose town, Negros Oriental at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday.
The two were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Balcobero survived while Sararaña went unconscious until her death.
The truck driver, identified as Nielric Gaso, 27, was arrested by the police but was released on Monday morning since no complaint was filed by Sararaña’s family yet.
Sararaña’s sister Claire said their family could still not accept what happened.
“She still has a lot of plans for us. She was a family-oriented person who always remembers us even if she was away for work,” Claire told the Inquirer.
“It’s very hard to believe what had happened to my sister,” she added.