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Police name suspects in drag race victim’s case

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By Martin Sadongdong

The Angeles City Police Office (CPO) identified on Sunday the suspects behind the tragic death of a rider who died after being thrown off of a motorcycle that was hit by three cars said to be involved in illegal drag racing in Pampanga.

Senior Superintendent Narvin Mangune, chief of Angeles police, identified the surrendered suspect as Richmond Malicsi, 20, of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Malicsi was the driver of the white Honda Sedan (CPS 203) which accidentally ran over Fernando Paguinto, an employee of Yokohama Philippines Clark, police said. He died while undergoing treatment at Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center.

The driver of the motorcycle, John Hervin Casas, was already declared out of danger, according to Senior Inspector Elaine Villasis, spokesperson of Angeles police.

“He’s already out of danger and transferred to the recovery room. However, there are no advise yet from the doctors when he will be released from the hospital,” Billasis told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.

According to a police report, authorities immediately conducted a follow-up operation to track down the three drivers who allegedly hit the motorcycle being driven by Casas and Paguinto on Friday.

Police then found the three cars used by the suspects parked in front of a bar in Barangay Malabanias, around 5.9 kilometers from Barangay San Jose where the accident happened.

The report said Malicsi turned himself into police after fearing for his life.

In his affidavit, police said Malicsi admitted he accidentally ran over Paguinto.

Initially, Malicsi thought he only hit a blunt object but when he realized he ran over a man, his mind went blank and immediately escaped, the police report said.

Malicsi confessed to his grandmother about the incident and around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, they went to the police to surrender.

Malicsi then identified the two other drivers as Richard Pineda Jr., of Guagua, Pampanga; and Marwin Dave Pineda, of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Police said Pineda was the driver of the white Honda Hatchback (TJG 125) which hit the motorcycle of the victims.

Meanwhile, police said Pineda was the driver of the black Honda Civic 4 Sedan (UFE 711) who also allegedly ran over Paguinto.

Contrary to what was earlier reported, police said only one of the three suspects yielded to police.

Police clarified Pineda’s camp already sent surrender feelers but as to when and where the suspect would surrender has yet to be negotiated.

Initially, police said they reached out to the family of Pineda but the suspect refused to surrender and was “uncooperative.”

Police already filed a case for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, serious physical injury and damage to property against the suspects.

Meanwhile, the surrendered suspect, Malicsi, was brought to Angeles City Police for detention.

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