3 road accidents claim 9 lives

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Monday, January 23, 2012


NINE persons died in three separate road accidents in Davao City over the weekend.

A motorcycle passenger was run over by a ten-wheeler truck at Bunawan Bridge around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, the police said.

The victim was identified as Reynaldo Patrimonio Demagaya, 68, of Purok 9, Mahayag.

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Investigations showed that Demagaya was onboard an unregistered motorcycle driven by Jun Luyahan, 22, of Purok 1, Barangay Gatungan, heading toward the downtown area when Luyahan suddenly applied the brakes as they reach Bunawan Bridge, throwing Demagaya off right on the way of the approaching ten-wheeler truck driven by Junrey Mintipa Omongos, 28.

The second road accident, which involved an elf van and a prime mover, left seven people dead.

The victims were identified as Rodel Garboza, 22, Johnny Garboza, 30, Bryan Tabinas, 26, and Rexmy Tabinas, all residents of Purok 10-A, Bunawan; Ninjin Takyawcan Diego, 19, one laborer, and another unidentified man. The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Tibungco.

Senior Police Officer 1 Wilfred Cervantes and PO1 Roldan Aquino, of the Bunawan police office, said the prime mover driven by Ronilo Molet Daro, of Tubod, Carmen, Davao del Norte, was on its way towards the city proper when a stone hit its windshield at Ilang, Tibungco. The driver, taken by surprise, veered towards the left hitting the approaching elf.

The third road mishap involved a Honda Civic Sedan and Weena bus along Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland in front of Citi Hardware around 3:35 p.m. Sunday.

The car was driven by Neil Francis Fernandez Tan, 33, of 81 East, DBP Village, Maa, who died on the spot.

The bus with plate number MVH-795 was driven by Mamerto Mondedo, 52, of Roxas Extention, Digos City.

Based on police investigations, Tan was speeding towards the direction of SM City when he overtook another vehicle and smashed right onto the approaching bus.

The impact left the victim's vehicle a total wreck. The bus driver has already surrendered to the Talomo police. (Blue Cordero)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2012.

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