Cagayan de Oro City,October 14(PNA)- This city’s Mayor Rolando “Klarex” Uy in his official press statement to local media on Friday has urged the suspect in the Taguanao hit-and-run scene to surrender so that his case would no longer become complicated.
The suspect was already identified but police authorities still in search.
According to Major Julius Saluta, station commander of Police Precinct 2, a case for murder is going to be filed with the City Prosecutors Office on Friday against a certain Stephen Neri, 27 years old and a resident of Sitio Muco, Zayas, in the biggest village of the city, Carmen for the death of 26-year-old John Paul Levita on Oct. 9, 2022.
Witnesses’ account point to Neri as the driver of the black Hyundai Accent car that mowed on the victims early morning of October 9 at the Pelaez Bridge in Taguanao, barangay Indahag. The incident followed a melee among groups of people having drinking binges at the scenic bridge.
Aside from the 26-year-old who died, seriously injured in the incident was Rufus Levita, 22. The other victims, Jhane Valerie Canonero, 18 years of age and a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, and Prince B. Lopez, 19 suffered various injuries
Mayor Klarex Uy has ordered the Cocpo to work for the fast resolution of this case that once again highlights the need for the stricter imposition of a local ordinance prohibiting the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places and the need for more police visibility.
In his speech marking 100 days as mayor, among the legislation he asked the City Council to pass is the ordinance creating the Oro Police Auxiliary (OPA). If the ordinance is passed, City Hall and the Cocpo will deputize police auxiliaries to augment the undermanned police force.