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2 killed in mishaps

Two men were killed, including one whose body was cut in half, in motorcycle-related accidents in the cities of Victorias and Bacolod yesterday and Sunday.

Killed were Dennis Villalon, 24, of Brgy. 9, Victorias City, and Valentino Martir, 59, of the Bacolod reclamation area, the police said yesterday.

Villalon, who was driving his Racal motorcycle, was heading south in the area of Hacienda Idial in Brgy. 13, Victorias, when a 10-wheeler funnel van of the Philippine DFC Cargo Forwarding Corp. hit its rear, Senior Police Officer 2 Luis Molato, traffic investigator, said.

Villalon fell from his motorcycle and was ran over by the van, that caused his body to be cut in half, while his sister, Daisy Villalon, 15, was injured when she was thrown off from the motorcycle. She is now confined at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Molato said.

He added that van driver Valentin Varon Jr., 43, of Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod, may have been speeding and failed to notice the motorcycle.

In a television interview, Varon claimed the motorcycle of Villalon hit a stock pile on the road that is being repaired, causing him and his sister to fall to the ground.

Varon was released from detention at about 4 p.m. yesterday after the owner of the van and the family of Villalon reached a settlement, Molato said.

Meanwhile, Martir was heading west of the Bacolod-Murcia road at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday when his motorcycle collided with an approaching jeepney, traffic investigator, Senior Police Officer 1 Xavier Rama, said.

Martir’s family reported to the Bacolod Traffic Management Unit at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday that he died while being treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod.

Jeepney driver Bienvinido Robles Sulgan Jr., 30, married, of Hacienda Guanzon, Mansilingan, Bacolod, is being held at Station 7 in Bacolod City.*APN

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