“It is like starting from a blank and sad slate.”
Eric Tesoro, 46, of Barangay Zone 4 in Murcia town, Negros Occidental, said this after he lost his wife Merlinda who died with two others in an accident at Malaspina-BS Aquino Drive in Barangay Villamonte, at about 12:50 a.m. yesterday.
Four others were injured.
The other casualties were Erlinda Villar, who, like Merlinda, died on the spot. Their relative, Rodelyn Nacis, was declared dead on arrival at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Chief Insp. Ritchie Gohee, Police Station 4 commander, said.
Merlinda, Villar, and Nacis were on board a tricycle driven by Elvis Barcenas, 33, with other passengers, identified as Geralyn Villar, Merlinda Barcenas, Erica Mae Tesoro, who all sustained injuries, Gohee said.
Elvis, Geralyn, Merlinda and Erica Mae are now confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Gohee said.
He said all the victims, who were relatives, were on the tricycle when it collided with the Ford Ecosport of Luigi Malacon, 28, of Barangay 2 in EB Magalona town, Negros Occidental.
Malacon is a first cousin of EB Magalona mayor Marvin Malacon, as confirmed by the latter to the DAILY STAR last night.
Eric said the victims came from the CLMMRH where Rodolfo,the husband of fatality Erlinda, had died due to old age and an illness.
The victims attended to the things needed at the morgue before proceeding to Jollibee at Lacson Street to eat and then headed home, Eric said.
However, they figured in the accident in Barangay Villamonte, Eric said.
He said his wife Merlinda had left their four children, one of them a deaf-mute, and Erica Mae who is still recuperating at the hospital from the impact of the accident.
Eric added that he could still not decide whether they will file a case or just reach a settlement with the younger Malacon.
Malacon had come from the New Government Center area and had drinks with his nursing colleagues, Gohee said.
Both the tricycle and the vehicle of Malacon were total wrecks.
The bereaved family members of the fatalities were at the Station 4 yesterday for the filing of their affidavits.
Gohee said the reglamentary period for the detention of Malacon is 36 hours starting 2:30 a.m. yesterday.*SGG
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