Man killed by loose truck wheels


Posted at Apr 03 2014 03:59 PM | Updated as of Apr 04 2014 09:24 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) -- A man was killed after he was struck by two wheels that came off a trailer truck along the southbound lane of Road 10 in Tondo, Manila on Thursday.

The victim was identified as Johnny Balasa, based on the company identification card recovered from him.

Police believe Balasa, whose bicycle was found parked near his body, was standing on the roadside when the incident occurred at around 11:30 a.m.

Police said the two rear right wheels of a trailer truck suddenly dislodged from its axle while the vehicle was moving, subsequently hitting Balasa.

The victim's body has been brought to a funeral home.

The truck driver, identified as Mark Anthony Villa, later surrendered to authorities at the Manila Police District's traffic enforcement unit.

Villa claimed he was not aware of what happened until he noticed the missing wheels of his truck.

The 23-year-old victim's mother, Nenita Balasa, was inconsolable after learning about the incident.

The victim's family has yet to decide if they will file a case of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against Villa.

The owner of the truck, meanwhile, promised to provide assistance to the family of Balasa, police said. -- Reports from Dexter Ganibe and Ricky Velasco, dzMM; Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News