Driver Speaks Out Following Viral Road Rage Incident
DRIVER – Here is the statement of the driver who went viral on social media for hitting a cyclist and pulling a gun during their heated altercation at an intersection near the Welcome Rotonda area on 8 August 2023.
The driver of the red sedan, who was observed in a video that has since been removed, engaging in a road rage incident with a cyclist, stated that he had resolved the matter with the cyclist before the video went viral on Sunday.
During a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Wilfredo Gonzales shared that he and the cyclist came to a written arrangement a few hours after the incident, which happened around 6 p.m. on August 8 near the Welcome Rotonda at the dividing line between Manila and Quezon City.
Wilfredo Gonzales told the reporters at the Quezon City Police District headquarters that after the confrontation, he went to the police station and made amends with the cyclist. “Pagkatapos ng komprontasyon na nakita sa viral video, ako at ang ang siklista ay pumunta kami sa police station kung saan kami nagkausap, nagkapatawaran, at nagkasundong kalimutan ang nangyari,” he said.
He chose not to reveal the specifics of the written agreement.
After the video gained widespread attention on social media, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) released an order for the driver to explain their actions.
The Quezon City administration also strongly denounced the occurrence, as Gonzales purportedly brandished a firearm at the bicyclist.
In an official statement, LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza stated that the directive for an explanation was dispatched through the agency’s National Capital Region Director, Roque Verzosa III.
Mendoza additionally mandated an inquiry into the incident.
“We assure the public of our swift action on this matter,” he said. “In as much as we want to immediately impose sanctions based on the viral video, we have to observe and respect due process and this includes a fair conduct of investigation.”
During the same press conference, Gonzales urged individuals using social media to be responsible for sharing the viral video.
Furthermore, Gonzales acknowledged that he recognized the error in his actions, admitting, “it was a mistake that I pulled out and cocked the gun even though I didn’t point it at him.”