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Cop’s motorbike kills pedestrian

A chapel caretaker died after being bumped by a motorcycle-riding cop while crossing a street in Quezon City Monday night.

Police Officer 1 Russel Moraña, 31, a beat patroller of Batasan Police Station, is facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide for accidentally killing Roberto Lavantes who was crossing Don Mariano Marcos Avenue in Barangay Pasong Putik around 6:50 p.m. the other day.

Moraña is still confined at the Far Eastern University Hospital in Novaliches due to serious body injuries.

Investigation report from the Quezon City Police District’s Traffic Sector 2 showed that Moraña was driving his motorcycle along Don Mariano Avenue when Lavantes, a caretaker of a chapel in a nearby subdivision, crossed the road.

Moraña failed to stop his motorbike and hit the pedestrian. Due to the impact, the cop was thrown off his motorcycle and landed hard on the ground. (Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)