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Arraignment of suspect in (Amiel Alcantara) Ateneo road accident deferred

SOPHIA DEDACE, GMANews.TV

This was because the family of the victim, 10-year-old Julian Carlo Miguel “Amiel” Alcantara, sought to have Ma. Theresa Torres-Laqui penalized for the offense of homicide instead of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

On February 24, the speeding van Laqui was driving at the grade school grounds of the Ateneo de Manila University hit Amiel, who died because of head injuries.

Amiel’s nanny, Tomasa “Tata” Suarez, sustained leg injuries from the accident.

In her sworn affidavit submitted to the Quezon City Police District’s (QCPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit after the accident, Laqui said that her van was only running “five to ten kilometers per hour” and that the vehicle’s brake malfunctioned, causing her to hit Amiel.

But PO2 Jun Cuaresma of the QCPD’s Traffic Sector 3 later said that he checked the vehicle’s brake and found it functioning well, prompting him to theorize that Laqui might have stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

In their motion on Thursday, Aquino stressed that Laqui’s possible stepping on the accelerator toward the direction of Amiel was certainly willful and deliberate as there is no way that it could have merely stemmed from reckless imprudence, or inexcusable lack of precaution, her part.

“As to the assertion of the accused that the speed of the van was only 5-10 kms/hr, the extensive damage to the rear of the CRV in conjunction with an eyewitness account would clearly show that the van accelerated way beyond 25 km/hr which per se is even in violation of the Motor Vehicle Law which provides that the speed limit in school zones is 25 km/hr,” the motion further read.

read in full here: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/152396/Arraignment-of-suspect-in-Ateneo-road-accident-deferred

view video newscast here: http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/related/38178/Woman-apologies-for-fatal-Ateneo-car-accident

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