MANILA, Philippines – Four teenagers, reportedly scions of prominent families, were killed in a car accident inside the Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.
The Muntinlupa Police identified the fatalities as Thomas Eric Nguyen, 16, Bruce Garcia, 14, and the brothers Timothy, 18, and Joshua Syyap, 15.
According to initial investigation made by Senior Police Officer 1 Henry Sayson, the four were in a speeding Hyundai Elantra (TOQ 397) when the accident happened at around 4 a.m.
“They were traversing Acacia Avenue inside the subdivision, heading northward, when they suddenly hit a Meralco post at the corner of Acacia and Guijo streets,” Sayson said in a telephone interview.
The vehicle was going “considerably fast” when it hit the post, said Sayson, who had viewed footage from security cameras of the village. After hitting the post the car slammed onto the concrete fence of a house, he added.
“The impact was so strong that the car was a total wreck, and the victims were thrown out of the vehicle. We found them along the road and in the pavement,” Sayson said.
The victims were rushed to the Asian Hospital for treatment, but three of them were pronounced dead on arrival and the fourth one succumbed top severe head and body injuries hours later.
Sayson could not tell yet whether the teenagers were drunk or if the car lost its brakes, as investigation was still in progress to determine the actual cause of the accident.
“There was no witness when the incident happened, so we will be looking at the car, the medical report on the victims, and other… evidence to establish what caused the accident,” he said.
Ayala Alabang Accident