A MAN died on the spot after the motorcycle he was driving collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle in Lower Busay, Cebu City at 5:30 a.m. yesterday.
Traffic investigator Armando Bañoc identified the victim as Arnold Naingue Amor, a married resident of Barangay Coghon, Compostela.
Amor’s Yamaha motorcycle (GL-9408) was going down toward JY Square when he lost control upon reaching a blind curve, Bañoc said. His motorcycle swerved into the opposite lane and hit the front right side of a Honda CRV (ING-888) driven by Dean Taylor Pasquet, 20, of Lower Busay.
Amor suffered severe head injuries and died, while his passenger Fernandita Bacalla, 46, was brought to the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) for treatment.
Pasquet, a French-Filipino, was on his way home after picking up his cousin from the airport, his mother Maria Rosario Taylor told Sun.Star Cebu.
She said her son was shocked by the accident. A liquor test showed he was not drunk when it happened.
“We will help the family in paying the hospital and funeral expenses,” his mother said. She waited yesterday for the victims’s relatives in the Traffic Group’s office, in the hopes any complaints arising from the accident will be settled.
Her son is temporarily being held in the Traffic Group.
Busay Barangay Captain Eliodoro “Yody” Sanchez said Lower Busay is “an accident-prone area.” He learned from a witness that Amor’s motorcycle zigzagged before it hit Pasquet’s car.
After the accident, Pasquet reportedly brought his screaming cousin home but returned to help the victims, Sanchez said.
But when he saw there were many people in the accident site, he immediately went to the Busay barangay hall to surrender.
“We appeal to motorcycle riders to be cautious, whether they are wearing helmets or not,” Sanchez said.
The new Cebu City Traffic Group Chief, David Señor, said in a phone interview motorists should practice “defensive driving.”
“Amping lang gyod bisag di accident-prone area. Mag-defensive driving gyod unta ang mga drayber (Motorists should be careful even if the area is not accident-prone. They should drive defensively),” he said.