German-American killed in collision with truck in Calapan City

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Victor Rudnizki, aged 66, was declared dead at the scene of the collision in the provincial capital of Oriental Mindoro, Calapan City. File photograph.

A German-American driving a multi-cab van in Calapan City has been killed in a collision with a ten-wheeled truck.

Victor Rudnizki, aged 66, died at the scene of the smash at about 6.30pm yesterday (Friday, August 17).

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The collision took place on the Oriental Mindoro city’s ‘Strong Republic Nautical Highway’, police have said.

According to the local force’s information officer, Superintendent Imelda Tolentino, a Fuso ten-wheeler truck driven by Ricci Butac, 35, was heading in the direction of Calapan pier when it was in a head-on collision with Mr Rudnizki’s van.

Police investigations suggest that it was Mr Rudnizki who suddenly swerved into the truck’s lane while passing through the Barangay Bayanan district of the city. Investigations are continuing.

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Supt. Tolentino said the victim died on the spot while Butac was taken into custody by the Calapan police for further questioning about the incident.

A search for further information about Mr Rudnizki has so far drawn a blank. 

It is also unclear if he was the subject of a 2007 report by GMA-News detailing the arrest of a man of the same name on Siargao Island. In this case, Viktor Rudnizki was described as a 44-year-old German who was facing four libel charges. 

In April, we reported that the Philippine delegation to the UN General Assembly admitted that the country was having a “hard time” cutting the “unacceptably high” death toll on its roads.

Speaking in New York, Cesar Sarmiento, chairman of the House transportation committee, said the country was struggling to meet the global target of cutting road crash fatalities by half in 2020.

He added that despite ongoing efforts to promote road safety, “the number of road traffic crashes globally remains unacceptably high”. In the case of the Philippines, he said, “we are also having a hard time meeting the target”.

“As of the end of 2016, road crashes kill an average of 31 people a day and is a major cause of death for our youth. This figure shows a 40 per cent increase in the number of deaths compared to 2006,” he said.

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