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Teacher dies, too

An elementary school teacher died  when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle at about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental, police records show.

The victim, Ian Sortigosa, 32, was still alive, when he was brought by the town ambulance to the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City. However, he was declared dead on arrival at the Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital in Bacolod City, where he had been transferred later for treatment, Chief Insp. Samuel Mina, E.B. Magalona police chief, said.

Investigations by the E.B. Magalona police station showed that Sortigosa, a teacher of the Rita Lovino Elementary School in Brgy. Tuburan of the town was crossing Maravilla Street, when he was hit by a Canter vehicle driven by Ronnie Tingson.

Mina said there was no skid mark on the road that could indicate that both drivers were driving fast.

Sortigosa was thrown out from his motorcycle that was reportedly dragged by the Canter vehicle, while Tingson fled immediately, police investigations also showed.

Mina said negotiations are now being undertaken by the owner of the Canter vehicle for the surrender of Tingson, whose family also signified their intention to agree to an amicable settlement.*GPB




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