The brother of Olympic silver medalist Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco who was hit by a truck in Bacolod City died Friday after fighting for his life for almost two weeks, City Police Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, said yesterday.
Acebuche said the family of Lauro Velasco, 48, of Brgy. Antipuluhan, Bago City, Negros Occidental is no longer pursuing charges against the truck driver Fernando Baltazar Jr., 34, of Brgy. Guinhalaran in Silay City after reaching a settlement with its owner.
Senior Police Officer 1 Xavier Rama, who facilitated the meeting between the two parties, told the DAILY STAR that the conditions set by the Velascos is that the truck owner will shoulder the education of the victim’s 12-year-old son, and that they pay for his hospitalization.
Based on the investigation conducted by Police Officer 2 Eliseo Adraneda, Velasco was on his Yamaha motorcycle and was heading south of Gatuslao Street, while the truck was heading east of Burgos Street at about 11:15 p.m. March 12 when the accident happened.
The elder Velasco had also served as Kagawad of Brgy. Antipuluhan.*APN