By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
and JOEY NACALABAN
POLICE are preparing to press charges against the driver of a pick-up truck that figured in an accident that killed three young people in a sports car in Gusa, this city, at dawn Wednesday.
This, despite initial police findings that the sports car was the one that crashed into the pick-up truck driven by 49-year-old Jose Georlin of Barangay Patag, this city.
Maj. Ivan Viñas, city police spokesman, said Georlin would be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide anytime today.
Georlin, a former radio DJ known as “Tommy Hail” who now owns a driving school, has strongly denied over local radio that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Police investigators noted that the sports car, Toyota MR-S, left long skid marks on the road, corroborating witnesses’ accounts that the car did a “drift” and turned twice before crashing into the black Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck.
Georlin said he was on his way to Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental, when the sports car, driven by 21-year-old Rhett Lester Gaeid, crashed into his pick-up truck.
Gaeid was killed in that crash along with his passengers Cameron Lilli Madrid, 21, of Pasil, Kauswagan, and Louise Gail Lagman, 20. Their remains are now at the Cosmopolitan on Capistrano street.
Agora police station commander Maj. Julius Clark Macariola said the victims were on their way to downtown Cagayan de Oro when they met the accident at around 3:30 am.
The sports car was wrecked, and the three young people ended up constricted inside.
Police said rescuers from city hall had to use metal cutters in order to pull out the victims. They did, after about an hour.
Physicians declared Gaeid and Madrid dead on arrival at the Capitol University Medical City. Lagman died later.
Sgt. Jhonel Monterola, a traffic investigator, said Georlin handed himself over to the police but was subsequently rushed to a hospital after he complained on aching body parts as a result of the 3:30 am accident.