Tagaytay car crash: Witnesses recount true story, Carla Abellana slams police

Witnesses recounted the true story behind the Tagaytay car crash that killed 6 minors while actress Carla Abellana slammed the police.

Facebook user Princess Hernandez Domingo, who was on an unplanned roadtrip with friends, posted that the accident involving a red Toyota Vios with plate number AHA-5287 happened in a main road in front of Starbucks around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Domingo said it was creepy when they saw a big white dog in the middle of that road before the accident happened as if it was a sign that they should not come back to that place.


According to GMA News, all of the passengers died. The casualties were identified as John Russel Garcia, 15; John Paul Tena, 15; Kirby Bokingo, 16; Jaymee Gubaton, 16; Rodalyn Bautista, 17; and the 16-year-old driver, Lauren Bren Calabines.

The victims, who were minors and didn't have driver's license, were Grade 10 students. The teenagers allegedly borrowed the car of the guardian of Calabines and were apparently overspeeding when the road mishap took place.

Cavite police director Sr. Supt. Eliseo Cruz was quoted by The Philippine Star as saying "elements of the Silang Police Community Precinct, who were first on the scene, together with officials of Barangay San Jose and the Tagaytay rescue team, tried to rescue the passengers but the car exploded."

A certain Den Castillo, one of the witnesses, debunked Cruz' statement in a lengthy Facebook post she called the "real story behind the Tagaytay accident."


Meanwhile, Abellana called Sr. Supt. Eliseo Cruz and Supt. Ferdinand Quirante liars and said the two police officers "are a disgrace to this country and to the world."

On Instagram, she posted a screenshot of an article from Top Gear Philippines and said in her caption that the initial investigation result on the Tagaytay car crash was "a classic case of how sick this nation's system is."