Monday, September 24, 2018

Call center agent dies in collision

SILAY. Rescuers arrive at Barangay Bagtic in Silay City, Negros Occidental, where a call center agent on board a motorcycle died due to a collision with a canter mini bus Tuesday, July 10. (Silay City Police Station Photo)

A CALL center agent died after he collided with a government-owned Mitsubishi Canter minibus at Barangay Bagtic in Silay City, Negros Occidental Tuesday morning, July 10.

Superintendent Noel Polines, city police chief, identified the fatality as Dwight Catalogo, 26, of Barangay La Granja, La Carlota City.

Polines said Catalogo, who was riding a big bike motorcycle, was on his way to Barangay Patag around 8:15 a.m. He was reportedly speeding and bunking on a blind curve that caused him to swerve and overlapped to the opposite lane.

Catalogo collided with a minibus driven by Roulin Carisma, 50, of Barangay Rizal, Silay City, and boarded by three passengers from Barangay Guimbalaon.

The minibus was just recently turned over to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) as a service vehicle for teachers to Barangay Guimbalaon and as a rescue vehicle for disaster.

Catalogo succumbed to head injuries even if he was wearing a helmet.

One of the three bus passengers, Jeffry Peñoso Mandejar, sustained a minor laceration on his right eyebrow. The bus driver and two other passengers were unharmed.

Polines said Catalogo should supposedly slow down on a blind curve but instead he performed an exhibition.

He allegedly would do an exhibition with a friend when they go to Patag village, Polines said.

Catalogo has no driver’s license, Polines said, but his family claimed that the victim has a license, which he probably did not bring with him at that time.

Meanwhile, Polines said Carisma is detained at the police station and will be released after the 18-hour reglementary period after the victim’s family decided not to pursue charges against him.