Woman killed as pick-up truck plow through ECQ checkpoint

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ECQ CHECKPOINT TRAGEDY. A female backrider of a motorcycle died while the driver sustained injuries after a Korean national on board a pick-up truck rammed into a line of vehicles at an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) checkpoint in Barangay Talay, Dumaguete City on Wednesday evening(April 15, 2020). The Korean was allegedly driving under the influence of liquor. (Photo by Juancho Gallarde)

DUMAGUETE CITY — A female backrider of a motorcycle was killed while the driver was injured when a pick-up truck rammed into a line of vehicles at an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) checkpoint in Barangay Talay here on Wednesday night.

A police report said the suspect identified as Sehwan Kim, 34, a Korean, was driving his pick-up truck going to the city after reportedly having a drinking spree with some friends in nearby Valencia town when he drove through the checkpoint at around 6:30 p.m.

Vehicles were lined up at the checkpoint waiting for the drivers’ turn to be thermal-scanned for their temperatures when the pick-up suddenly hit a motorcycle and a van.

As a result, the back-rider of the motorcycle, Ann Marie Jamito Maquiling, 40, a resident of Barangay Bagacay, sustained injuries and died while being brought to the Silliman University Medical Center.

The motorcycle driver, Jake Crisologo, of Upper Cantil-e, also sustained some injuries.

Meanwhile, a white van driven by Marlon Obedencio was ferrying employees of Qualfon, a business process outsourcing company, was damaged after the pick-up also hit it.

Kim is now detained at the Dumaguete City Police Station and faces criminal charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide. (PNA)


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