DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 December) — A vehicle fell from the fourth floor of the four-story car park of the Oncology building of the Davao Doctors’ Hospital (DDH) Wednesday noon, killing the valet driver.
The Toyota bB vehicle with plate number AXX 911 hit the metal railings before it fell and landed on the ground upside down.
The driver was identified as Ricky Deniola, 40, a resident of the Sto. Niño, Barangay Matina Crossing, Talomo District, this city, and a valet driver for the hospital’s valet parking service.
Witnesses said it took several minutes before Deniola was pulled out from the vehicle by hospital nurses who tried to rescue the victim.
This vehicle fell from the 4th floor of the car park of the Oncology building of the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) on Wednesday noon. The car hit the railing and fell upside down. In a statement, the DDH said it is “conducting thorough investigation and closely cooperating with the Davao City Police to look into the probability and/or cause of such accident.” MindaNews photo by Antonio L. Colina
“Dili iyang sakyanan, dili niya kabisado ang pagdala ato nga sakyanan, timing pod ang ulo sa sakyanan, padung sa barandelya, mao tong na-diretso (It was not his vehicle. He was not familiar with the car, it hit the railing and fell),” Senior Police Officer (SPO) 1 Nelio Tambis, Traffic Group investigator of the Davao City Police Office said.
In a statement, the Davao Doctors Hospital and its Management said they were “deeply saddened about the ill-fated accident and are “conducting thorough investigation and closely cooperating with the Davao City Police to look into the probability and/or cause of such accident.”
The statement added that DDH is “already coordinating with the family of the valet driver as well as to the owner of the car.”
“We certainly empathize and extend our condolence to the loved ones of the victim. Rest assured that any assistance will be extended to them,” adding they “deeply regret that this incident happened days before Christmas Day” and asked for “the prayers of everyone.” (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)