For a family, it was a fun activity that ended in tragedy.
Two women and a minor were killed, while 19 others sustained injuries in three separate vehicular accidents on Sunday and Monday in Cadiz City, Manapla, and San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
Mario Gonzales lost his common-law wife, Angelica, and 4-year-old son, Zian Niel, in a vehicular accident on Sunday, along the national highway of Brgy. Burgos in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, police said.
Another passenger of the tricycle driven by Gonzales identified as Joana Valero, was also declared dead on arrival at the Cadiz District Hospital, the Cadiz police said yesterday.
Aside from Gonzales, injured was Mary Grace Castro. Both were brought to a hospital in Bacolod City, for further treatment of their injuries.
The five victims reportedly came from the Dinagsa Festival in Cadiz City.
Police investigations showed that the Isuzu Canter truck with a plate number GHP 518 owned by Ramiro Diosana, and driven by an unidentified suspect, encroached on the lane and figured in a head-on collision with the tricycle driven by Mario.
As a result, the sidecar of another Rusi 125 motorcycle driven by Gregyn Palma, was also hit, causing injuries to him and his daughter, Crystalyn, who was riding with him.
The Cadiz City police is now searching for the fleeing driver, who is still at-large.
A motorcycle driver and a cyclist were both declared dead on arrival at a hospital, after another accident, also on Sunday, at the national highway of Brgy. Guadalope in San Carlos City, police also said.
The dead were identified by the San Carlos police as Danilo Asparagoza and Del Patrick John Barriga.
The Motorstar motorcycle driven by Barriga, with two passengers, hit the bicycle driven by Asparagoza, investigations of the San Carlos police showed.
The two injured passengers of Barriga are now being treated for their injuries at the San Carlos District Hospital.
Thirteen passengers of a Ceres Liner bus suffered slight injuries, in another vehicular accident yesterday at Hacienda Busay in Brgy. Punta Mesa, Manapla.
The bus driven by Dominiciano Panugaling hit the rear of a hauler truck, allegedly due to the glaring light from an approaching vehicle, making him lose control of the steering wheel, the Manapla police investigation showed.
Of the 13 passengers who suffered minor injuries and were brought to the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Bacolod City, 12 were declared as out-patients, while one remained confined, pending further observation, Jade Seballos, media relations officer of the Vallacar Transit Inc, disclosed yesterday.
Panugaling is now detained at the Manapla police jail.* GPB
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