ABS-CBN to sue van driver in AJ's death

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2011 11:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2011 07:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN will sue the driver of the van that was transporting AJ Perez when he met an untimely death early Sunday morning.

The driver is an employee of Southbend Express Services, Inc., a service contractor of ABS-CBN, according to Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN Corp. head of Corporate Communications.

“ABS-CBN has studied the facts of the incident and will file a case of reckless imprudence against the Southbend driver,” Osorio said in an official statement on Tuesday.

“This is in addition to the earlier case filed against the PARTAS bus driver,” he added.

Police said Perez was with his father and 4 others aboard the van when it collided with a Partas provincial passenger bus along McArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Tarlac.

Initial investigation showed that the van was trying to overtake a trailer truck when it hit a incoming Partas bus.

Perez’s family has extended their appreciation to all people who helped them and showed sympathy.

"Our family is in shock and is deeply saddened by AJ's sudden death. We wish to extend our gratitude to ABS-CBN, Star Magic and ABS-CBN Regional Network Group for their immediate support and assistance.

We also wish to thank our relatives, friends and supporters of AJ for all their prayers and words of encouragement," said Charie Ortis, the actor's aunt and Perez's spokesperson.