THE pastor-driver of an SUV which figured in a hit-and-run incident that killed 28-year old Dr. Zuriel G. Arambulo, a well-loved barrio doctor in Santiago, Agusan del Norte last February 7 has surrendered to the local police, Caraga police director, Chief Superintendent Gilbert DC Cruz announced yesterday.
Pastor Charlie Cayetano Prior, a former spiritual adviser at the Butuan City Hall turned himself over to the police after being bothered by his conscience and will be facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, the Police Regional Office 13 director said.
Cruz said that Prior confessed to being the driver of a black SUV that hit Dr. Arambulo, a Department of Health’ Doctor to the Barrio along the national highway in Zone 2, Barangay Poblacion 2, Santiago municipality around 8:50 p.m. last February 7.
The doctor was taken to the Cabadbaran District Hospital where an attending physician declared her dead upon arrival.
According to Cruz, they received a number of tips about the whereabouts of the killer vehicle and the driver but all of them turned out to be negative after none of the reported motor vehicles were found to be involved in the incident.
He said that after he announced that he is offering a P50,000 reward for any information that will lead to the identification of the driver and the recovery of the killer vehicle, the suspect decided to yield and face the charges against him.
“He was under heavy police pressure and was also feeling guilty over the incident,” Cruz said.
The official said that hair strands believed to be from the victim and recovered by Scene-of-the-Crime
Operatives from the PRO13 Crime Laboratory from the vehicle will be subjected to DNA testing.
The subject SUV was also subjected to a forensic examination by the Crime Laboratory 13.
Cruz announced the surrender of the pastor during a press conference attended by PRO13 officials including Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office director, Senior Supt. Ramir Perlas and representatives from the.
DOH Regional Office 13.