how a cellphone contributed to the death of Amiel Alcantara
these are eye-witness accounts:
the ateneo mom involved in this tragic accident was driving a Toyota Hi-Ace, these huge vans we see on the road. having asked her driver to get her own son, she was seated on the driver side, buckled up.
eyewitnesses saw her texting with her cellphone. then people saw her unbuckle her seat belt and she stooped down to get something on the floor of the van, presumably she dropped her cellphone and bent down to get it from the floor. it is in that position that led her to mistakenly step on the gas accelerator rather than the brakes.
the van she was driving pinned down Amiel on the back of a CRV. Amiel furiously hit on the front of the van with his fists in a vain attempt to call the attention of the driver of the van that was pinning him to the back of the CRV.
this story makes a lot of sense as stooping down like that will make it easy for anyone to mistake the gas accelerator for the brakes. it looked like the hi-ace van has an automatic transmission. that way, your body gets disoriented as to what pedal is on the left and what is on the right.
the van must have been engaged on “drive” and she was stepping on the brakes. when she stooped down to get something on the floor, her foot must have been removed from the brakes. and to recover, she must have quickly stepped on a pedal thinking it was still the brakes but was actually the accelerator.
let us hope that ateneo learns something from this and most specially people who drive cars/vehicles to pick up children from school.
please join us in petitioning ateneo school authorities to imporve the safety of our sons in campus.
there are two ways to do this:
– send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copies of the petition letters will be emailed back to you. you may sign one or both and sent to fr. bautista, headmaster of Ateneo Grade School
– you can also sign the petition in this blog. click this link and follow instructions : https://wawam.wordpress.com/amiel-footprints-a-petition-from-parents-to-improve-safety-for-ours-sons-at-the-ateneo/