Motorcycle driver dies in Mandaue road mishap

A MOTORCYCLE driver died after a lamp post fell on him after it was hit by a container van that made a turn to United Nations Avenue from D. M. Cortes Street, Mandaue City, on Wednesday afternoon, August 30.

The broken lamp post fell and hit Robert Borlasa, a resident of Sitio Kalubian, Barangay Yati, Liloan, who was waiting for the go signal of the traffic light at that time.

Borlasa was brought to the Mandaue City District Hospital.

City Social Welfare and Services chief Jessie Perez said Borlasa was declared dead at 4:40 p.m.

It took three hours before the container truck was removed using the crane truck of the city’s Department of General Services.

Glenn Antigua, chief for operations of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said it resulted to heavy traffic.

Antigua said Joser Potayre, the truck driver, possibly lost his control of the van he was driving because he was running at a high speed from D.M. Cortes Street before he turned right to U.N. Avenue at 3:50 p.m.

Potayre was supposed to deliver the covers of the steering wheels to the Mactan Export Processing Zone.

The container separated from the van, and hit the lamp post on the center island and another container van in the opposite lane.

Aside from the motorcycle, the windshield of a taxi and the container van, which were both on the opposite lane were also damaged.

Potayre was temporarily detained at Mandaue City Police Office-Traffic Management Unit and pending charges are to be filed against him. (FMG/SunStar Cebu)

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