LRT-1 operator Anthony Gunay faces charges for the death of Lucy Aroma

By: DiversityHuman in News

Manila, Philippines - Anthony Gunay, 35, Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 operator is facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide after hitting a woman who committed suicide by jumping into the train track in EDSA station.

The incident happened on Thursday morning. The victim was dead on the spot and authorities were having difficulties in identiying the body but it was soon identified by a relative. The body was identified as Lucy Aroma, 52 who has been suffering from a tumor on the left side of her face since she was 22 years old.

The review of the LRT-1 CCTV footage reveals that the platform guard, Ronald Mohillo was requesting the passengers to move away from the yellow platform edge as the train approaches the station and suddenly Lucy jumped onto the tracks right after the guard walked past her.

Anthony Gunay on the other hand was taken into custody by the Pasay City police. Gunay stated that he hit the brakes when he saw Lucy Aroma on the tracks but the woman was already fatally hit before the train stopped.

Due to this incident, thousands of passengers were stranded as the LRT-1 operation halted for a few hours. LRT-suicide-dead-lucy.jpg

Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesman Hernando Cabrera said they will not allow Anthony Gunay to operate a train for now because of the trauma. Cabrera also clarified that Gunay was not suspended and would just undergo debrieifng and stress management before being allowed to resume working. Cabrera also vowed to defend Gunay against the charges filed against him. The spokesman insisted that the train operator wasn't at fault.

This is not the first suicide attempt in the LRT station. In 2006, Christopher Abdullah, a pop corn vendor also made a suicide attempt in Gualupe Station. Another suicide attempt was in 2011. Jesus Mendoza, 43, a resident of Barangay Rosario, Pasig City, was seen lying on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) tracks in Ortigas station in Mandaluyong City. The attempt was an epic fail. Jesus Mendoza, survived with only minor injuries when train driver Raymond Mendoza stepped on the brakes upon seeing him.

The LRTA is considering the construction of barriers to prevent similar suicides and accidents. However, the calibrated system that will synchronize the operation of the barrier with the train will be costly, according to the LRTA spokesperson.

Cabrera said the LRTA management, as a matter of policy, does not give assistance to families of those who commit suicide at the premises of the LRT system.

Source: Philstar, GMA news,

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Posted by on 31 Aug 2012

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