One died and four teenagers were injured in two road accidents in Bacolod City and Valladolid town in Negros Occidental, Wednesday and yesterday.
The 18-year-old driver and his three passengers all 17 years old, whose names the DAILY STAR withheld for being minors, sustained injuries when the Hyundai Accent car they were riding turned turtle at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port in Barangay 2, Bacolod City, at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday.
Rescuers rushed to the scene where the car had turned upside down, while some of the victims were already lying on the pavement. The victims were brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center.
Initial investigation showed that the car was driven by Laurenz Europa, 18, with the three minors, two of whom were males and one female, as passengers.
Police Capt. Leo Estopa, Station 2 chief, said that the group of teenagers rented the car from an acquaintance, and the driver was practicing driving when he lost control of the vehicle while passing a flooded area.
The car swerved to the left, rammed the gutter, and hit the concrete post, he added.
Estopa said Europa has not presented anydriver’s license to the police yet.
Police Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office director, meanwhile,said last night that the parents or the guardians should ensure the welfare of their children, and should check on them and their school for their whereabouts, especially during class hours.
Minors are not allowed to possess a driver’s license, but if a legally aged person has student license, he or she should still be accompanied by a person with a professional driver’s license, Biñas said.
Rent-a-car business owners or anyone who allows teenagers to rent their vehicles should see to it that it will be used for a legitimate purpose, he added.
Meanwhile, the motorist who collided with a BMW sports utility vehicle in Barangay Palaka, Valladolid, at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, died at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, hours later.
Jopel Moraca, 20, of Barangay Tabao Baybay in San Enrique, Negros Occidental was declared dead at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Police Captain Joseta Catonina, Valladolid Police chief, said yesterday.
The family members of Moraca are eyeing a settlement with the driver of the SUV identified as Wilbur Roa, 62, of Talisay City in Negros Occidental, who initially gave them financial assistance, Catonina said.
Investigation showed that the BMW SUV of Roa was traveling north of the area when he made a U-turn and collided with the Rusi motorcycle of Moraca, police records show.*
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