The Skyway car crash may have happened more than a week ago, yet the story only broke recently after the victim of the accident, Joselino Luna, made public the video captured by his dashboard camera. Even more recent are the two photos of his car after the crash which he shared just yesterday.
If you haven't seen the video of the accident, Luna was in the passing lane of the northbound Skyway when a car appeared speeding from the opposite direction. The driver, according to Luna, was visibly "wasted."
By simply looking at the mangled front end of Luna's Mazda 2, which he named Delta, you would be surprised that he escaped with only minor injuries. Then again, the car's moderate overlap front crash test was given a 'Good' rating by the United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Luna added that his Mazda 2 is now at the Mazda Alabang dealership, and that he's expecting a long-winding "battle" with his insurance company.
What's unfortunate for Luna is that Republic Act 10586, or the "Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013," is expected to be implemented only before the end of the year. If the Act was already in effect, the reckless and unnamed driver would have been penalized "with imprisonment of three months and a fine ranging from P20,000 to P80,000" on top of having his driver's license suspended for 12 months.
As of now, based on the MMDA's list of traffic violations and penalties, the driver of the car that struck Luna's Mazda may be charged with "Driving Against Traffic," which carries a P2,000 fine and a three-month suspension of the driver's license for first-time offenders, and with "Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs," which has a first-time fine of P2,000.
Yes, we know, this country's laws do not make sense.
Photos from Joselino Luna's Facebook page