UST eng’g senior in car mishap dead, ma decries ‘reckless’ Grab drivers

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(Photo grabbed from Luz de Guzman's Facebook account)

ENGINEERING senior Marko de Guzman passed away on Nov. 27, a month after the car he was riding from the Grab ride-hailing application hit a scaffolding on Taft Avenue.

De Guzman’s mother, Luz, blamed the driver of her son’s Grab car for the accident, which punctured the brain and fractured the skull of the UST student.

“We need justice here… I’ve been receiving messages from strangers saying they lost their child sa Grab accidents pero wala raw [tulong] na binigay kahit financial help,” Luz told the Varsitarian.

De Guzman, 20, was immediately brought to the intensive care unit of the Manila Doctors Hospital following the car accident last Oct. 26

In a statement last Nov. 23, Grab Public Affairs Head Leo Gonzales said the company has been in constant communication with Marko’s family since the accident.

“While the family has not accepted any of our offers, we are continuously reaching out to extend adequate support that would cover Marko’s [expenses,]” said Gonzales.

Luz, however, clarified that Grab did reach out to them but only offered to pay a small amount of Marko’s total hospital bill.

Luz expressed her gratitude to the Thomasian community for helping out with donations and support for the family.

The driver, who had no major injuries, is facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries.

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