Three were killed in road accidents in the cities of Bacolod and Bago and in Candoni town, Negros Occidental yesterday and Friday, the police said yesterday.
The fatalities were identified as Girlie Garrucho, 15, of Purok Katilingban in Brgy. Banago, Bacolod, Salvador Malunes, 29, of Brgy. Site in Bago, and Esparanza Lausa, 68, of Brgy. Gatuslao in Candoni.
Traffic investigator, Police Officer 3 Xavier Rama of the Bacolod City Traffic Management Unit, yesterday said Garrucho was crossing San Juan street near Domingo Lacson National high school with Chris Jun Quimsing, and Aquileo Villasin, both 15, and residents of Purok Bayanihan in Brgy Banago at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday when they were sideswiped by a jeepney.
Garrucho was killed on the spot, while Quimsing and Villasin were rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod, Rama said.
Jeepney driver Richard Sarno, 32, of Purok Tahong in Brgy. 2, Bacolod, his wife Leah Sarno, 30, his brothers-in-law Leoval Oro, 29 of Purok Bayanihanin Brgy. Banago, and Leonardo Oro, 22, of Purok Balinday in Brgy 2, were also rushed to the CLMMRH, Rama also said.
Investigation showed that the jeep collided with an Izusu truck van with plate number FAR-752 owned by the Santo Niño ice plant and was driven by Salvador Diomo Jr., 58, swerved to the left, continued running towards the south east area of San Juan Street where it hit the teenagers.
Lausa, meanwhile, was on board a multi-cab bearing plate number JDK 402, driven by Randy Dollosa when it figured in an accident with a Ceres bus with body number 5716 and plate number FWR 338, driven by Nemesio Dacumos at about 7:45 a.m. Saturday at Sitio Lawagon in Brgy. West, Candoni.
Lausa who was injured was rushed to the Kabankalan City Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. Dollosa and 14 other passengers of the multi-cab were also treated at the same hospital, police records showed.
Initial reports reaching the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office showed that the bus was accelerating downhill when its steering wheel malfunctioned, causing the driver to lost control of the vehicle, and hit the approaching multi-cab with 16 passengers on board, including the driver.
Dacumos is now in the custody of the Candoni police station, where he surrendered after the accident.
Malunes who was hit by a speeding ambulance of La Castellana town, also died at the Bago City District Hospital minutes after. He was crossing the street in Brgy. Calumangan, Bago City when the accident happened, City Police commander, Chief Insp. Simeon Gane, said yesterday.
The ambulance with plate number SDT-746, driven by Julian Baterna Jr., was heading north of the Kilometrahe 16 highway at about 12:30 a.m. Friday and was on its way to bring a patient to the CLMMRH in Bacolod, he added.
Gane said Baterna has already been released from detention on Saturday after Mayor Alberto Nicor of La Castellana and the family of Malunes reached a settlement.*APN