Student killed by speeding jeepney set to be buried; LTFRB suspends operator


Posted at Feb 18 2020 09:24 AM | Updated as of Feb 18 2020 11:08 AM

The LTFRB has issued a preventive suspension order against the operator of a jeepney involved in a traffic incident that killed a Grade 8 student and injured 7 others along JP Rizal, Makati City last week. 

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said the preventive suspension order covers all jeepney units under the name of the operator.

CCTV footage earlier showed a speeding passenger jeepney with plate number PYV848 overtaking another car at an intersection and running over several students who were crossing the pedestrian lane at 7:25 p.m., last February 12.

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Jules Villapando, a Grade 8 student of Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School, died in the accident while 7 of his schoolmates were injured. 

Villapando is set to be buried later Tuesday. 

Crisalde Tamparong, the driver of the jeepney, initially said that his brakes failed but police cast doubt on his alibi, saying the jeepney immediately stopped after hitting the students. 

Investigation revealed Tamparong did not have a license during the incident. He also tested positive for illegal drug use. 

Families of the victims have criticized the jeepney operator for offering to pay for the hospitalization and burial expenses of the victims if they agree not to press charges. 

One family said they were offered P1,000 and groceries if they sign a document stating they will not sue the operator. 

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