5 dead, 5 injured in road accidents

FIVE persons were dead while five others were injured in separate road accidents in Negros Occidental in the past three days.

On March 24, a tricycle driver died while his wife was wounded after they were hit by a sedan and a government-owned sports utility vehicle (SUV) along the national highway of Crossing Camatis, Barangay Sampinit in Bago City around 3:50 p.m.

Killed was Charlie Mendoza, 37, of Barangay Taloc. He succumbed to head injuries while wounded was Melba Mendoza, 46, of the same village.

Senior Inspector Hercules Trigue, deputy chief for administration of Bago City Police Station, said a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Joseph Daymoto, 53, of Pulupandan town, was tailing the tricycle when he hit the latter after it stopped.

The tricycle, which was already in the opposite lane, was again hit by a speeding Toyota Fortuner driven by Carlito Bulawan, 63, of Himamaylan City, who was on its way to Bacolod City.

Trigue said the tricycle was dragged for few meters then fell into the canal, along with the SUV.

The sedan and the SUV were each boarded by one passenger.

Both the drivers and passengers were unharmed.

Daymoto and Bulawan are detained at the station.

The injured victim was brought to a hospital and will undergo surgery.

On the same day, Wilpre Ojonla of Barangay Himaya, Hinigaran town, died after he figured in an accident along the national highway of Purok 4A, in Barangay Recreo, Pontevedra town.

Investigation showed that a motorcycle was driven by John Paulo Cahelo, 21, of Barangay Anahaw, Hinigaran town suddenly executed a right turn then hit a barrier, which caused them to fall on the road.

Cahelo sustained injuries and was rushed to a hospital while his companion succumbed to head injuries.

Also died over the weekend was Patricio Burgos, 32, of Barangay Gomez, Pontevedra town, after the motorcycle that he was riding was hit by a truck around 10:30 p.m. at Purok 2, Barangay Gomez.

Injured was his companion Ricky Montero, 31, of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

The truck was driven by Gaudencio Gimulatan, 59, of Barangay Zamora, in the said town. He is detained at the station.

Last Friday, two male teenagers and a tricycle driver died while two others were injured after they figured in a road accident at Barangay Daga, Cadiz City around 11:40 p.m.

Police Officer 1 Jerry Belascuain, traffic investigator of Cadiz City Police Station, identified the fatalities as a certain "Tonying Amora," 17; a certain "Tingkoy Asis," 19; and Michael Omandac, 28, of Barangay Caduha-an.

Wounded were a 15-year-old boy and Elmer Canillada, 35, a passenger of the tricycle.

Belascuain said the teenager-victims were riding a motorcycle on their way home when the tricycle collided with them after it reportedly overtakes a tanker truck.

Amora and Asis died on the spot due to head injuries while their minor-companion sustained injuries and was later discharged from a hospital. They were not wearing helmets.

Omandac died at a hospital the following day due to head injuries.

Canillada is still confined at a hospital in Cadiz City.

Belascuain said the area is considered "accident prone."
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