What was to be a fun outing for the family of a Pototan, Iloilo, councilor ended in tragedy Saturday.
Ken Marion Peñaflorida, 7, died, and his mother Maureen Peñaflorida, 35, was injured when a centuries old Mahogany tree toppled by strong winds hit the front windshield of their Toyota Fortuner in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City, at about 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, Police Station 5 commander, said yesterday.
The 7-year-old was sitting on the lap of his mother in the front passenger seat in the vehicle driven by his father, Councilor Kent Roger Peñaflorida, 34, Gabana said.
The boy sustained a depressed skull fracture when his head hit the windshield where the tree fell as the councilor stepped on the brakes of the sports utility vehicle in front of the Bacolod Boy's Home, Gabana said.
Maureen was injured in the right eye, he added.
A concerned citizen took the injured mother and son on board a Ford Everest to The Doctors' Hospital , but Ken Marion was declared dead at about 1:56 p.m. Saturday, he added.
There were ten people on board the Toyota Fortuner, five children and five adults, who were headed for the Campuestohan Highland Resort in Talisay City when the incident happened, Gabana said.
If the tree had hit the middle part of the vehicle, more would have been injured, witnesses said.
Other passengers on the vehicle were the other Penaflorida children Keif, 15,Kyrie, 5, and Kayden, 2, an aunt identified Sonie Hugo, 48,Gaile Hugo, 8, April Claro, 19, and Rose Cadanguin, 22, the councilor told DYHB.
The councilorsaid on his Facebook page yesterday “Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong: I know I need to be strong! Kasakit gid (its so painful)!”.
Numerous messages of shock and condolences were posted in response, including this one from SheenaPenaflorida who said: “Everyone knows you're a good father, husband and public servant.God has a reason...be strong for your family they need you the most...have faith on Him..He has plan..your little angel is now in good hands…pa bakod(be strong).*CPG/SGG
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