LTO suspends license of driver who hit woman on pedestrian lane

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

January 3, 2023, 3:35 pm

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Tuesday suspended the license of a jeepney driver who hit a woman crossing a pedestrian lane in Parañaque City in December.

In a statement, the LTO said driver Leonilo Aque has received a 90-day preventive suspension of his driver’s license.

“Kasunod ito ng pag-amin ng drayber ng jeep na si Leonilo Aque na nabundol nito ang babaeng tumatawid matapos na hindi agad makapagpreno (This is after Aque admitted to having struck a woman crossing the street after he failed to apply brakes on time),” the LTO said.

The incident recorded through a closed-circuit television showed a woman who was suddenly struck by a jeepney while crossing a pedestrian lane.

Aque and the owner of the jeepney were issued a show cause order on Dec. 22, 2022, and were summoned to appear before the LTO Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID) on Dec. 28.

They were summoned for violation of DOTC Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 or “failure to yield right of way for pedestrian crossing” and Republic Act 4136 on reckless driving and being an “improper person to operate a vehicle.”

“During the hearing, Mr. Aque affirmed that he is the assigned driver of the subject motor vehicle and admitted that he hit/bumped a pedestrian during the incident. Thus, his professional driver’s license is hereby preventively suspended,” the LTO said.

LTO chief Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade warned motorists, especially drivers of public transport, that it is within their responsibility to keep the roads safe.

“Hawak ng isang drayber ng pampasaherong sasakyan hindi lamang ang kanyang sariling buhay at ng kanyang mga pasahero kundi maging ng mga tao na nasa kalsada. Kung hindi magiging maingat at hindi ire-respeto ang pedestrian lane, ilalagay nito sa alanganin ang ibang tao tulad ng nangyari sa Parañaque City (A public utility driver is responsible not only for his life, his passengers, but also those of people on the road. Not respecting the use of a pedestrian lane brings danger to others, just like what happened in Parañaque City),” Tugade said. (PNA)