LTO issues show cause order vs. car owner in fatal road rage

MANILA: The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a show cause order against the registered owner of the black Mercedes-Benz involved in a road rage in Makati City that resulted in the shooting and killing of a 65-year-old motorist on Tuesday.

It requested the car owner from Las Piñas City to appear before the LTO-National Capital Region office with a notarized affidavit explaining the incident.

‘Malakas ang koordinasyon ng inyong LTO at ng PNP [Philippine National Police] especially sa mga ganitong uri ng krimen. Upon the request ng PNP ay tumulong po tayo sa isinasagawang imbestigasyon ng (The LTO and the PNP has strong coordination especially in crimes like this. Upon the PNP’s request, we help on the investigation conducted but the) PNP and on our part, we issued an SCO against the registered owner,’ LTO chief, Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II said in a statement Wednesday.

Two violations were cited — reckless driving and improper person to operate a motor vehicle.

The black Mercedes-Benz w
ill be placed under alarm pending investigation.

The PNP is investigating both cases separately.

According to a police report, the black Mercedes-Benz and a white Toyota Innova were travelling along the southbound lane of the Ayala Avenue-EDSA tunnel.

At around 2:30 p.m., the driver of the black Mercedes-Benz identified as Gerrard Yu, 34, and the family driver of the white Toyota Innova had a heated confrontation that escalated into violence.

The family driver, who was accompanied by a female passenger and a minor, was driving from Bonifacio Global City in Taguig when Yu allegedly fired a shot.

The victim managed to drive the vehicle to the side, despite being wounded, before losing control and crashing into two motorcycles.

‘Lagi po tayong nagpapa-alala sa mga motorista na iwasan ang init ng ulo sa kalsada dahil walang maibubunga ito. Talo tayong lahat, kapag init ng ulo ang pinairal (We always remind motorists to avoid being hot-headed on the road. We all lose when we let it happen),’ Mendoza said.

Source: Philippines News Agency