5 injured in accidents
Five persons, three of them teenagers, were injured in motorcycle-related accidents, one at B.S. Aquino Drive, and the other in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City Monday and Tuesday, records from the Traffic Management Unit showed yesterday.
Traffic investigator Police Officer 3 Joey Mira said Willio Cabaluna, 32, of Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, was heading northeast of B.S. Aquino Drive on his Kawasaki Barako motorcycle at about 1 a.m. Tuesday when an unidentified vehicle tailing him hit his motorcycle.
Mira said Cabaluna who was injured was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital while the driver of the vehicle that hit his motorcycle, fled from the accident scene.
In Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod, meanwhile, a motorcycle driver and his three passengers were also injured when their vehicle hit a crossing pedestrian at Zone 4, and they fell to the ground.
Mira identified those injured yesterday as motorcycle driver Oliver Sumalde, 23, of Purok Santa Rita in Brgy. Banago and his passengers as Jerson Bautista, Rey Cataan and Romil Melliza, all 15-year-olds and residents of Brgy. Dulao in Bago City, Negros Occidental, and Elma Pillo, 55, of Brgy. Handumanan.
Investigation showed that the motorcycle of Sumalde that was heading west hit Pillo who crossed the Street.
Sumalde reportedly lost control of his motorcycle causing him and his passengers to fall.
Sumalde, his passengers and Pillo were rushed to CLMMRH.*APN
knifed by minor
A charcoal-maker was stabbed and injured by a minor, who is his neighbor, Tuesday night in Brgy. 2, Bacolod City, allegedly over a defective cellular phone memory card.
The victim was identified yesterday as Joseph Salan, 21, of Brgy. Oringao in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, and now a resident of Purok Narra Baybay in Brgy. 2, Bacolod, by Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada.
Salan who sustained stab wounds in his stomach and on his back was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod, where he is now confined, while the suspect, 17, whose name the police withheld, evaded arrest.
Leada said a concerned citizen informed them through a telephone call that a stabbing incident had taken plane in Purok Narra Baybay. Police Officers 2 Gegger Sebuan and Gilbert Montebon and Police Officers 1 Raulito Calubia, Rustico Danoso and Ercel Abrot were sent to investigate the incident.
Initial investigation showed that Salan bought the cellular phone memory card of the suspect valued at P120 earlier Tuesday. However, Salan decided to return the item to the suspect later that day when he discovered that it was defective.
Salan and his wife, whose name was not disclosed, went to the house of the suspect at about 7:20 p.m. to return the memory card and get his money back, but the suspect got mad and suddenly stabbed Salan in his stomach, Leada said.
Salan tried to run away but the suspect chased him and stabbed him again on the back when the suspect caught up, Leada also said.
The suspect fled with the bladed weapon he had used and the Police Station 2 police has launched a manhunt operation to arrest him.*APN