Sports car driver in fatal Pavia hit-and-run fails to respond to LTO

By Jennifer P. Rendon

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) – Region 6 confirmed that the controversial sports car driver involved in the Pavia hit-and-run incident has failed to respond to the agency’s show cause order.

According to LTO-6 records, Rudolph dela Rosa personally received the show cause order on Tuesday, June 18.

Dela Rosa was unaccompanied when he appeared before the LTO-6 legal division to identify himself, receive the document, and leave. He was given until Friday, June 21, to explain why his license should not be revoked.

“But as of 5 p.m. today (June 21), we received no reply from him,” Atty. Gaudioso Geduspan II, LTO-6 officer-in-charge, said.

In the absence of a rebuttal from Dela Rosa, the LTO-6 legal unit will evaluate the case based on available evidence.

Geduspan noted that the investigation would determine if Dela Rosa is a proper person to drive a vehicle, given the accusations against him.

The LTO-6 show cause order included the investigation report from the Pavia Municipal Police Station, indicating Dela Rosa’s involvement in a vehicular incident that killed a cyclist and injured his companion.

The order was served to Dela Rosa’s two known addresses in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, and Calinog, Iloilo, but both properties had already been sold.

Dela Rosa told LTO-6 officials he knew about the order through media reports.

Earlier, the Pavia PNP recommended the cancellation and revocation of Dela Rosa’s driver’s license.

Dela Rosa is the alleged owner of the BMW Z3 sports car involved in the June 1 incident. The police have also filed cases of murder, frustrated murder, and malicious mischief against him.

It was initially thought that the vehicular incident, which killed 33-year-old Rave, a call center agent, and injured his common-law wife, 23-year-old “She,” might not be just a case of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and serious physical injury.

This came after She and another witness claimed that the driver of the vehicle intentionally hit the couple.

Reports indicate that the victims came from Barangay Oñate-de Leon, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, and were on their way to their rented house in Deca Homes, Barangay Balabag, Pavia, when the incident occurred.

As they navigated Barangay Pandac, Pavia, around 9 p.m. on June 1, the sports car hit She’s leg. Rave was behind the handlebars while his wife was riding on the back.

An altercation occurred after Rave confronted the car’s driver, telling him to be careful and go slow. This allegedly angered the driver, who then made a U-turn and intentionally bumped them.

The driver reportedly reversed and hit them again. She wasn’t fatally wounded after her husband pushed her to safety. The couple sustained fractures in their legs, but Rave died from head injuries.

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