2 motorcycle riders dead, 2 injured in road accident

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – Two motorcycle riders were killed while two others were seriously injured after they figured in two separate road accidents here and in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last Saturday.

In San Carlos City, Arnold Singular, 33, of Barangay 1 died after he allegedly collided with a motorcycle and was hit by a Ceres Liner bus along the national highway of Sitio Nabataan, Barangay Rizal past 5 p.m.

Police Lieutenant Colonel D’Artagnan Katalbas Jr., city police chief, said Singular, who was driving a motorcycle was tailing the bus driven by Reynaldo Nieves, 49, of Barangay Rizal when he allegedly overtook the bus and collided with another motorcycle driven by Reben Lausa on the curved portion of the road.

Singular swerved his motorcycle and was thrown on the opposite lane. Then he was dragged by the bus, Katalbas said.

Singular was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead. He was not wearing a helmet when it happened, Katalbas said.

The two other wounded victims who were also not wearing helmets, sustained serious injuries and are still confined at a hospital.

Katalbas said Singular was on his way home after coming from a birthday party when the accident happened. He was reportedly under the influence of liquor.

Katalbas said Nieves was not speeding when it happened. He will be released from police custody after the victim’s family decided to have a settlement with the bus company.

The bus company has signified to extend assistance to the victim’s family.

Meanwhile, Adonis Monton, 49, of Barangay Handumanan here died after he was allegedly ran over by a passenger jeepney driven by 55-year-old Antonio Lariosa, at Bangga Atoms, Purok Kasilingan II, Barangay Mansilingan here around 10 p.m.

Police Lieutenant Florentino Abalayan, head of Police Station 7, said Monton was driving a motorcycle when the accident happened.

Both vehicles were traveling on the opposite direction. The victim had a helmet but he was not wearing it.

Abalayan said they could not yet tell who was at fault in the incident and how it really happened.

But, according to Lariosa, Monton was already unstable while driving his motorcycle until he slid and fell from his vehicle, Abalayan said.

No other injuries were reported.

Lariosa was detained at the police station and will be released from police custody if both parties will agree on a settlement, Abalayan said.