A bicyclist died when he was hit by an ambulance, that was tailing him, in front of the Magdalena Subdivision, at Murcia Road, Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City, at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, Traffic Management Unit south sector head, identified the fatality as Neil Earlson Priolo, 26, of Hacienda Guanzon in Brgy. Mansilingan.
The driver of the ambulance that hit him rushed Priolo to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center but he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician, Dr. Al Frederick Genterola.
Traffic investigation showed that Priolo was travelling east of the Murcia Road when the Foton Van ambulance of Murcia town in Negros Occidental with plate number SGL 242, and driven by Nonilon Justiniani, 49, of Murcia tailing him, hit him.
Priolo was thrown off his bicycle and fell on the concrete road, Villarias said.
He said the ambulance was on its way to Murcia town after delivering a patient to a hospital in Bacolod.
He said Justiniani might not have seen Priolo since the bicycle had no reflectors and the area was not well lighted.
Yesterday, the TMU was waiting for the family to execute an affidavit, before charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide are filed against Justiniani.
Station 7 duty desk officer, Police Officer 2 Rudy Mil Omison, said last night that Justiniani had been detained at the lock-up cell of Station 7 but was released at about 2:15 p.m., when the reglamentary period for his detention lapsed.*SGG