Three students killed in road crash

THREE high school students were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a bus, afternoon of Sept 11, 2018 at Tapaz, Capiz.

The fatalities were identified as John Lester Pimentel, 16; and Kenneth Galagate, 17, both of Barangay Cristina, Tapaz; and Ian Razel Gregorio, 15, of Barangay Initan, Tapaz.

Gregorio was Grade 7, Pimentel was Grade 9, and Galagate was Grade 11 of Tapaz National High School.

Senior Insp. Edwin Luces, Tapaz police chief, said Gregorio drove the motorcycle owned by Galagate’s family.

At around 2:00 p.m. the victims were navigating a bypass road at Poblacion area.

Gregorio was about to merge the road at the national highway when they collided with a Ceres bus driven by Renata

Sobreguel.

“Maybe, the victims were speeding because it was about to rain. Someone was also waiting for them at Taft Street when the incident happened,” Luces said.

Investigation showed that the bus had the right of way as the motorcycle was just trying to merge at the national highway.

“Given his position, the driver could not immediately see an incoming vehicle from the bypass road,” Luces added.

Sobreguel, 29, of Barangay Agtoman, Lambunao, Iloilo, told investigators that he was traversing at a speed not over 60 kilometers per hour.

“It could have been due to the impact of the collision,” Luces said.

It was gathered that all victims were not wearing crash helmet and none possessed a valid driver’s license.

Gregorio and the motorcycle were wedged beneath the bus while the two back riders were thrown off motorcycle.

Luces said they all suffered head injuries. They were rushed to Tapaz District Hospital where they were declared dead on arrival.

The bus driver voluntarily surrendered to the Tapaz Police Station after the incident.

Mayor Roberto Palomar of Tapaz will call for a meeting with parents of the students, especially those who are riding motorcycles on their way to school.

Palomar said he wants to remind them not to allow their children to drive motorcycle without a valid driver’s license.

For drivers and back riders, they should wear crash helmets and other safety gear.

Luces said they would also discuss the provision of Republic Act 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) during the meeting.

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