FORMER PBA player Bryan Gahol and a woman companion were killed in a multiple-vehicle collision along the South Luzon Expressway on Monday night.
A report from GMA Network News said Gahol was driving a Nissan Urvan Escapade on the northbound lane under the Skyway at around 10 p.m. on Monday night, along with four other passengers, when their vehicle was hit by a delivery jeep with a cargo of vegetables and 11 passengers.
The jeepâ€™s driver told investigators that a third vehicle, a trailer truck, hit his jeep, causing him to lose control and hit Gaholâ€™s van whose entire front portion was totally smashed in.
The other fatality, identified as Rosemarie Manalo, was seated in the front passenger side. The vanâ€™s three other occupants were unharmed. Two of the jeepâ€™s passengers were injured.
Police said the victims were en route to Quezon City from the town of Los Banos, Laguna to attend a wake. Gahol ran for a council seat in the Laguna town in the May 2013 elections.
First responders brought the victims to a hospital but were declared dead on arrival.
The accident resulted in a massive traffic jam along SLEX, particularly in the Southwoods area.
Gahol was a member of the UP Fighting Maroons basketball squad who saw action in the UAAP in the late 1990s with fellow stalwarts Paolo Mendoza and Joseph Gumatay. The big man suffered a torn ACL in the 1997-98 season which sidelined him for a year and affected his game when he returned. He was also played for the RP Youth Team that participated in several overseas stints in Asia. Â Â
The 6-5 center also played for several teams in his six seasons in the PBA, including Mobiline, Alaska, San Miguel Beer and Red Bull. He had a career average of the 5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.Â