A tragic accident claimed the life of a 69-year-old balut vendor who was hit by a ten-wheeler dumptruck loaded with fine gravel in Tagbilaran City on Friday night.
The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at CPG North Avenue, near the cockpit arena, where the victim, identified as Alberto Obing from Brgy. Kawayanan, Tubigon, was selling balut on the side of the road.
According to witnesses, the dumptruck driver, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, lost control of his vehicle and swerved towards the balut vendor, burying and dragging him under the gravel.
The dumptruck driver, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested by the police and will face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and driving while intoxicated.
Obing was pronounced dead on the spot by the responding paramedics.
His body was taken to a nearby funeral home for autopsy and identification.
Obing’s family and friends expressed their grief and anger over his untimely death. They described him as a hardworking and kind-hearted man who supported his wife and children by selling balut every night.
Balut is a popular Filipino delicacy that consists of a boiled duck egg with a partially developed embryo inside. It is usually sold by street vendors at night.