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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Guara mishap eyed

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

The driver of the Starex van and Bacolod City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, whose vehicles collided Monday at Yulo-Alunan streets in the city are set to meet and discuss a possible settlement, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue said yesterday.

Pangue, who is the chief of the BCPO Traffic Management Unit, said that after an X-ray examination, Guara’s condition is already stable although he is still confined at the Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital.

He added that Guara’s close-in security Police Officer 2 Wilfredo Benoman and his driver Police Officer 2 Miguel Perez III have already been released from the hospital.

Guara sustained a hematoma on his left eye, Benoman had open wounds on his temple while the left hand of Perez was injured, police records showed.

Initial investigation showed that Guara’s Toyota Altis, with plate number FDK-142, was heading west of Alunan Street when the black Starex van with plate number FGR-675 driven by Danilo Fernandez, 57, of Regent Pearl Homes in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod, bumped them, Pangue said.

Earlier, Fernandez had said that he was heading north of Yulo Street when the vehicle of Guara bumped his Starex van, adding that the car of the city police director was running at a faster speed.

But Pangue stressed that the Starex van was the bumping vehicle as Guara’s vehicle was on the right lane. He added that the damage of the Starex van was in front, while the damage of the Toyota Altis was on its left side.

The front portion of Guara’s vehicle was damaged when it hit the fire hydrant beside the road after the accident, Pangue also said.*APN

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