Bacolod City Police Office Director, Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, was injured when the car he was riding collided with another vehicle at about 11:10 a.m. yesterday at the junction of Alunan and Yulo Street in Bacolod City.
Aside from Guara, his body guard Police Officer 2 Wilfredo Benoman, and his driver Police Officer 2 Miguel Perez III, were also injured.
BCPO Traffic Management Unit chief investigator Senior Police Officer 1 Dennis Perma said Guara and his companions were on board a white Toyota Vios with plate number FDK-142 and were on their way to the downtown area when the accident happened.
Guara sustained a hematoma on his left eye and had undergone an X-ray examination yesterday to check the extent of his injuries, BCPO Deputy Director for administration Supt. Pedrito Escarilla said.
Benoman had an open wound on his head when he hit the windshield, while Perez suffered minor injuries, Escarilla added.
Guara and his companions were rushed to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center but the city police director was later transferred to the Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital.
Initial investigation showed that Guara’s vehicle was heading west of Alunan Street and was making a right turn at Yulo Street when it collided with a black Starex van with plate number FGR-675.
After the collision, Guara’s vehicle continued running and hit the fire hydrant beside the road and this caused damage to the front of the car, investigation also showed.
Danilo Fernandez, 57, of Regent Pearl Homes in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod, the driver of the Starex van, said he was heading north of Yulo street when Guara’s vehicle made a right turn.
Fernandez claimed that the speed of his vehicle was normal while Guara’s vehicle was running fast. Ronilo Abello, owner of a nearby store, meanwhile, claimed that both vehicles were on normal speed when the accident happened.
Both vehicles are now impounded at the BCPO headquarters while investigation continues to determine who was at fault.*APN