URDANETA CITY -- For the nth time, drinking and driving was again proven to be a deadly combination as four youngsters died early morning Tuesday when their Honda Civic car running on high speed rammed a mango tree along a highway here.

City Police Chief Harries Fama identified the victims as Marben Velasco, 21, driver of the Honda Civic and his companions Arlene Orcales, Don Gomez, one unidentified person.

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Initial investigation disclosed that the four just came from a drinking spree at the nearby Asingan town and were on their way to Urdaneta City.

The vehicular accident happened around 1 a.m. at Barangay Bactad, this city.

In San Carlos City, a five-year-old boy died while being treated at a hospital for the injuries he sustained being bumped by a van at Barangay Cacaritan.

Reports said John Clared Soriano and his aunt were crossing the road to buy something at a sari-sari store when he was bumped by the van.

The victim was rushed to the Elguera General Hospital but died while undergoing treatment.

The vehicle was being driven by a certain Roderick Rosario of M. Soriano Street, Urdaneta City.

He voluntarily surrendered at the San Carlos City Police Station. (LCMY/Sunnex)