Monday July 16, 2018

Drivers in accident reach settlement

BOTH drivers of a motorcycle and a Cebu City-owned bus involved in a road accident that killed a 21-year-old man were released from the Carcar City Police Station yesterday afternoon.

PO1 Marjun Aledon of the Carcar police said that the families of the victim, James Lei Sumagang, 21, and the drivers identified as Arnel Udtohan, 20, and Bernardo Estores, 41, have reached a settlement.

Cebu City Department of General Services head Ronald Malacora, met with the bereaved family yesterday, said they have decided to reach an amicable settlement.

“Gisaaran nato sila nga ato silang tabangan (We assured them that we will assist them), as long as it is within the capacity of the City Government,” he told SunStar Cebu.

As for the driver, Malacora said he is still waiting for the result of the investigation, but no penalties will be charged to the former since authorities found that the motorcycle driver was at fault.

A constituent from the city booked the bus last Friday for a pilgrimage trip to the Simala Shrine in Sibonga.

“They submitted an affidavit of desistance at past four in the afternoon and will not push through with the filing of charges,” Aledon said.

Udtohan, the driver of the motorcycle with Sumagang as the back rider, were driving on the opposite lane of the bus driven by Estores on the national highway of Sitio Lagang, Barangay Ocaña, Carcar City at 10:10 a.m. last Friday.

The motorcycle was bound for Cebu City while the bus was carrying passengers to the miraculous shrine of Our Lady of Lindogon in Simala.

A police investigation said Udtohan tried to overtake a multicab but failed to return to his lane and hit the bus instead.

Sumagang reportedly was not wearing a helmet. He was declared dead at the hospital.

Udtohan sustained injuries and was detained with Estores in the Carcar Police Station before the settlement. (JOB, RTF)