Woman in LRT suicide identified

Posted at 08/31/12 7:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The woman who committed suicide inside a station of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 has been identified by a relative.

Jose Aroma confirmed that it was his older sister, 52-year-old Lucy Aroma, who jumped in front of the incoming train inside the LRT-1 EDSA-Taft station in Pasay City shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday.

Jose made the confirmation upon seeing the body of his sister in Funeraria Rizal in Libertad, Pasay.

He said his sister lives in Barangay 184 in Maricaban, Pasay.

Lucy was also single and jobless.

Thursday's suicide incident was caught by a closed-circuit television camera. The CCTV footage showed Lucy jumping into the tracks after a platform guard walked past her.

Another CCTV camera shows that as the train approached the station, the woman jumped and then kneeled while holding the tracks.

Lucy died instantly after suffering severe head injury.

LRT operations were affected because of the incident. Full operations resumed around 9:40 a.m.

Nearly 200,000 passengers were affected because the incident happened during the morning rush hour.

Driver faces charges

Meanwhile, police said the LRT train's driver could face criminal charges.

The incident may have been a suicide, but the train driver is still facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, according to Police Officer 3 Rodolfo Suquina of the Pasay PNP criminal investigation division.

"Morally convinced na kami na suicide talaga gawa ng wala namang ibang sirkumstansiya na magbigay duda doon sa parte namin, maliban lamang doon sa issue na bumaba siya then lumuhod siya, then nasagasaan siya," Suquina said.

Atty. Hernando T. Cabrera, LRTA Corporate Board secretary and spokesperson, told ABS-CBNNews.com on Thursday that he does not know why police will charge the yet-to-be-identified driver.

"[I] am not really sure why. I understand dapat siya ma-subject sa proper investigation, pero kasuhan?" he said.

"It's not us filing any criminal case against the driver. In fact we can file case against anyone unduly going down the tracks," he added.

According to Cabrera, the LRTA has recorded 24 incidents of suicide attempts at the LRT-1 since its installation in 1984.

He said out of the 24 suicide attempts, 10 were killed. Most number of suicide incidents recorded was in 1998, when 5 people were killed by incoming trains.

Yesterday's suicide incident is the first for this year. – with a report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM