Dahil sa pandemya, marami na ang nagbago sa ating pamumuhay kabilang na ang transportasyon na kung saan limitado lamang ang dapat na sakay kaya naman mas minamabuti ng iba na magkaroon ng sariling sasakyan o hindi kaya man ay bisikleta.

Sa kabila ng mga pagbabagong ito, hindi pa rin maiiwasan ang mga hindi inaasahang disgrasya at kapahamakan na maaaring sumalubong sa atin sa labas. Matindi o hindi, posible pa din na makaramdam tayo ng gulat at pagkakaba.

Kagaya na lamang ng isang criminology student na ito na kung saan nabangga ng isang may edad na lalaki na sakay ng bisikletang may nakalululang halaga.

Inilahad sa post ng isang netizen na si Rome Vlad Salentes sa kaniyang Facebook post na ang bisikletang ito ay isang Colnago na may brand na Cicli Corsa na may halaga ng humigit kumulang P 458,000!

Ito ay pagmamay- ari ng 71 taong gulang na isang “seasoned cyclist, a Tour of Luzon survivor, with decades of cycling experience.”

Sa isang larawan ay makikitang putol ang top tube nito kaya kahit ipaayos man, malaki pa din ang perang magagastos. Higit pa doon, criminology student pa lang ang nakabangga at nagpapart- time job pa bilang isang janitor upang pag- aralin ang sarili.

Ayon sa anak ng may- ari ng naaksidente na sakay ng mamahaling bisikleta na si Chad Rosales, napagdesisyonan ng kanilang pamilya na hindi na magsampa ng kaso sa motoristang nakadisgrasya dahil iniisip nila ang maaaring mangyari sa buhay ng criminology student na ito.

Batid nila ang estado ng buhay ng motorista kaya para sa kanila, sapat na siguro ang pagkakakulong at pamomroblema sa pangpiyansa bilang kaparusahan sa kaniyang pagiging iresponsableng motorista.

Iniisip ng pamilya Rosales na kapag nagsampa pa sila ng kaso ay maaaring hindi na ito makapag trabaho at makapag- aral pa.

Ang mahalaga para sa kanila ay ang mabilis na paggaling ng kanilang ama na nakaratay sa ospital matapos masagasaan.

Narito ang kaniyang kabuuang post:

“If he couldn’t post bail, he would be detained indefinitely, dropped from his classes, and terminated from work for AWOL.

This means that on top of his civil/criminal liabilities, he would lose his opportunity to get his life together, finish school, and be a responsible citizen. We couldn’t allow it to happen” sambit ni Rosales.

“A motorcycle rider crashed into my father who was cycling along 41 KM Marilaque Road, Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal on 29 February 2020 at around 8:30AM.

Rider, a crimin0l0gy student and part-time janitor at a university, ran an errand for his employer morning of said day.

Then, without his employer’s consent, he rode to Marilaque driving a Yamaha SZ 150. It was his first time riding to Marilaque, and he did it alone.

My father is a seasoned cyclist, a Tour of Luzon survivor, with decades of cycling experience. Sadly, his years of experience could not protect him from an inexperienced and incompetent motorcycle rider.

I’m reminding everyone to be mindful of cyclists on the road – they have the right to use our roads too.

I’m also reminding our cyclists to exercise extra safety precautions and follow traffic rules at all times.

Let’s keep our roads safer for everyone!

P.S. We decided not to file charges against the rider.

We would have wanted for charges to be filed against him first before we enter into an amicable settlement.

But if we did file charges, he would have to be detained. And if he were detained, he would not be able to attend classes and report for work until he post bail.

Unfortunately, we were not sure if he or any of his friend or relative (in Samar) has the financial capacity to post bail.

If he couldn’t post bail, he would be detained indefinitely, dropped from his classes, and terminated from work for AWOL.

This means that on top of his civil/criminal liabilities, he would lose his opportunity to get his life together, finish school, and be a responsible citizen. We couldn’t allow it to happen.

So, we accepted his offer to voluntarily pay for the damages he caused in exchange of not filing criminal charges against him.

I’m unsure if he has the means to pay (probably none), but it is the least of our concerns. Our father’s speedy recovery remains the most important to us.”