The young actor’s sister, Ruffa Gutierrez, confirmed on Showbiz News Ngayon Friday night that Richard is already out of danger although he’s still in a state of shock and traumatized because of the accident. She said that the airbag of Richard’s vehicle, a Nissan Skyline GTR, saved his life.
The actress also revealed that her brother sustained cuts and bruises all over his face and that he underwent a two-hour operation. Ruffa also announced that Richard will no longer need a cornea operation because the doctor successfully removed some pieces of glass that went in his eye.
Richard was rushed to the Asian Hospital Medical Center in Alabang after his car crashed into a post at 1:30 am at Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road, Silang, Cavite province.
An initial report from Puting Kahoy Police Station in Silang said that Richard, with his two companions, his personal assistant and bodyguard, were on their way to Manila when their vehicle crashed.
The authorities from Puting Kahoy Police Station in Silang said Gutierrez was driving with his personal assistants and bodyguard George Mastura and Norman Pardo and may have over-sped while traversing a semi-curved road before crashing onto a post. They were both rushed to Olivares Hospital and was then moved to Asian Hospital in Alabang.
One of Richard’s two companion, identified as Norman Pardo, was declared dead on arrival at Adventist University of the Philippines.
Richard’s mother, Anabelle Rama, said his son was on his way home from a shooting of a cinema plug of his new TV show Full House with his two companions when the accident occurred.
Annabelle added that her family are still in shock over what happened.