Fatal Accident: Cyclist Struck and Killed by Bus in Sampaloc

Tragic Accident: Cyclist Killed by Passenger Bus in Manila

A cyclist tragically lost his life after being hit and run over by a passenger bus in Sampaloc, Manila on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 24. The victim was identified as Russel Tapayan, 33, a resident of Barangay Culliat, Quezon City.

According to the Manila Police District (MPD) Vehicular Traffic Investigation Section (VTIS), the incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. when Tapayan was traveling along the eastbound lane of Lerma Street in Sampaloc. The police report stated that the back portion of Tapayan’s bicycle was hit by a bus driven by Are Jay De Castro near R. Papa Street. The bus then tragically ran over and dragged Tapayan for several meters, resulting in his immediate death.

The bus driver, De Castro, is currently in custody at the University Belt Area Police Community Precinct (UBA PCP) and will face charges of homicide with damage to property. Authorities are still conducting further investigation into the deadly accident.

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of road safety and the devastating consequences of accidents involving vulnerable road users. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Russel Tapayan during this difficult time.

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