Body of Filipina killed in US limo fire to undergo forensic probe in US

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A limousine in which a Filipino bride and four friends died when it erupted in flames was carrying more passengers than its normal limit, an official and reports said Monday. AP FILE PHOTO

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Her wedding gown and those of her entourage by a local designer are almost done.

She was actually due for a fitting upon her scheduled return next month in her Camiling hometown in Tarlac.

But there will not be any wedding.

Instead, parents of Neriza Fojas, who was killed on Saturday, together with four of her friends in a limousine fire in California, are expecting her ashes to be carried by son-in-law Carlo Moya.

This will not happen any time soon.

Sounding tired, Carlito Fojas said in a telephone interview his daughter’s remains would first have to undergo forensic examination along with four other bodies that were recovered from the gutted limousine.

He said his daughter was scheduled to return to the Philippines on June 7 with Moya for their church wedding on June 19. Prenuptial requirements by the Catholic Church, including counseling and seminars, made them decide to fly home earlier on June 2, he said. (They were married in civil rites in the US and her night out with friends to celebrate her civil wedding turned tragic when the limousine caught fire.)

Preparations for the wedding were halfway done. “This was also why they needed to fly in earlier,” he said.

Neriza is the youngest of Fojas’ three children. His eldest daughter, Rosalyn, is based in Hawaii.

Rosalyn, who is pregnant, may not be able to return home with Neriza’s ashes, so only Carlo and his sibling are being expected by Neriza’s relatives in Tarlac, according to Carlito.

To date, he said the family in Tarlac had yet to receive a report on the fatal fire.

No US official had yet gotten in touch with the family.

“Carlo is handling all arrangements. He is up to his wits’ end because of the tragedy,” he said.

Carlito said he and his wife Sonia had received several calls from friends and relatives in the United States, but not one of them would tell them directly what had happened.

“My wife and I realized something bad must have happened because they were calling at a very odd hour in the US,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“But when we called back, they asked us to talk instead with Rosalyn. We called Hawaii but she would not pick up the phone so we asked another relative to check on Rosalyn. Then we finally learned about the accident,” he said.

Neriza worked at the Community Regional Medical Center, which issued a statement online condoling with her family and that of another Filipino nurse who was killed in the accident, Michelle Estrera.

The statement, signed by Jack Chubb, the center’s chief executive officer, said:

“It is with great sadness that we learned two of our Community Regional family members have passed away in a tragic limousine fire late Saturday night in the San Francisco area. Both nurses worked on 2East/2Central trauma medical/surgical floor one on the day shift and one on the night shift. Neriza Fojas and Michelle Estrera were exemplary nurses who dedicated their lives to helping others.

“These two outstanding nurses were loved by their patients, colleagues and staff at our hospital. Both were good friends, stellar nurses and excellent mentors who served as preceptors to new nurses.”

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  • kanoy

    HOW DUMB,,,THE KATOLIKS HAVE TO FIND OUT IF A MARRIED COUPLE WHO CONSUMMATED THEIR MARRIAGE SHOULD MARRY OR NOT THEN THIS NON VIRGIN WILL WEAR A WHITE WEDDING GOWN TO WED IN THE CHURCH WHAT NONSENSE

    IF THE DRIVER IS AT FAULT THESE GUIDES ARE AT FAULT
    One of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes rumbled to life Tuesday, spewing room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing five and injuring 8 others that had to be fetched with rescue helicopters and rope.

    The climbers and their Filipino guides had spent the night camping in two groups before setting out at daybreak for the crater of Mayon volcano when the sudden explosion
    Climbers are not allowed when an alert is up, and the recent calm may have encouraged this week’s trek. However, Solidum said that even with no alert raised, the immediate zone around the volcano is supposed to be a no-go area because of the risk of a sudden eruption.

    COWARDICE IS NOT A CRIME,,,CHOOSING NOT TO RISK HIS LIFE TO SAVE ANOTHER IS NOT A CRIME HE WAS NOT OBLIGATED DUE TO ANY LAW TO PLACE HIS LIFE AT RISK HE BROKE NO LAW HE MADE A SELFISH CHOICE BUT SO DOES EVERY LAWMAKER IN THE WORLD IT IS NOT A LAW
    When the driver, Orville Brown, did finally stop, Arellano says he did nothing to help the women get out of the burning car after he exited.
    SO WHAT? THATS HIS OWN PERSONAL CHOICE THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAID HE MUST!!

    • bbguevara

      Brod, bangag ka ba ????

      • Hey_Dudes

        Anak yan siguro nitong Limo driver na si Orowheetville who did not possess a commercial license per CHP and was on the job at this Limo firm for only 2 months. The limo driver is also a nephew of the famous Sgt. Shutchz of ‘I hear nothin’ – I see nothin’ author. One day Kanoy will find himself burning inside his car or home with no one bothering to help it can happen one never know what future holds.

    • CommonSens6

      For sure this world does not need people like Brown and Kanoy.
      I’m really sorry for you man!

  • $18209031

    Lahing negro ang driver ng
    limousine. Mr O Brown pero bl_ ckazz pala. Can you trust what this guy
    is saying ? Not one bit. He was a slowpaw azzhole when he could had
    acted immediately. He had the wheels and the controls to stop that
    vehicel .There was no need for him to dilly dally . Safety is paramount

    He is tall and a big man but has a small brain, an idiot. He
    could have acted right away and save many lives. He was not in tune to
    his responsibilities as a driver and ensuring the safety of all his
    passengers. Yamoyamo pa magsasalita sa camera , dios ko po.

    He ignored the pleas of the passenger ladies who were already
    scared to death and choking from the toxic smoke inside the passenger
    side.. Kaya patay ang labas nito.

    http://www(dot)today(dot)com/news/driver-horrific-fatal-limo-fire-happened-so-fast-6C9814724

    • desi derata

      The lesser of those idiots, the better for the world.

  • Noynoy Abnoy

    I hope they gave her family a discount at the crematorium.

    • $18209031

      Abnoynoy, all expenses paid for by Limo Stop the company. Syaro naman ganon ka bharat ang may ari . Sila ang pinawalaan ng buhay , sila pa ang pinag hihirapan pagkatapos? Hindi tama yan …

  • desi derata

    The Americans probably would like to find if the dead imbibed on alcohol and therefore they will blame the fire on instantaneous combustion. Meanwhile the stupid driver who ran away without unlocking the doors, is seemingly free from any liability.

    Those “authorities” will come out with something to put the blame on the victims.

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