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Car park probe set

Elmer N. Manuel



An investigation will be launched by the city council of San Juan on why an Asian utility vehicle (AUV) driven by the father-in-law of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares fell from the third floor of a parking structure in the Greenhills Shopping Center last Sunday.

The black Toyota Innova driven by Dr. Teodoro Llamanzares, 83, hit the steel railings serving as wall of the parking structure and plunged three levels below.

Llamanzares was in stable condition at press time yesterday, according to sources close to his family.

In a radio interview, San Juan City Police chief Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes said the city council wanted to determine if the management of the shopping center can be made answerable for the accident.

The railings and the tire stoppers were unable to stop wayward vehicles. Aside from Llamanzares’ AUV, a sedan driven by a 73-year-old man had also fallen off the same structure.

Reyes said they’ve noticed some issues on the stopper and the GI pipe barriers in the parking structure. “There was a stopper on the floor, but it only accommodates one tire of a vehicle,” he said.

Llamanzares’ Innova was reported by witnesses to have climbed the structure at a fast pace. It turned turtle after breaking through the barrier and hitting the pavement.

Luckily, no one was below the parking structure when the AUV fell.

Suggestions had been made to designate parking zones for senior citizens on the ground to prevent similar accidents being blamed on drivers’ errors.

The council will pass a resolution to support the investigation it wants conducted on the accident, Reyes said.

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