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2 motorcycle drivers
killed, two injured

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Two drivers were killed while two other motorists were injured in motorcycle-related accidents in Brgy. Mansilingan and at Burgos Extension, Bacolod City, Friday and Saturday.

Killed were Reylan Rebutan, 40, of Villa Felicidad, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, and an unidentified man who remained Mr. X as of yesterday, City Police's Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche said.

Investigation showed that Rebutan was on his Honda XRM motorcycle with plate number 9288FS and was heading east of Burgos Extension at about 3 a.m. Satuday when he lost control, swerved towards the right portion of the road and fell into a roadside canal.

Security Guard Danilo Cabalon, detailed at the nearby Buena Park Subdivision, heard a big bang and when he checked, he saw Rebutan and his motorcycle in the canal and immediately sought the help of Patrol 117, Acebuche said.

Rebutan was wearing a crash helmet but the impact of the accident left a huge crack on his forehead that is believed to have led to his immediate death, Acebuche added.

The unidentified man, meanwhile, died while being treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital several minutes after his motorcycle collided with another motorcycle at the Murcia road in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, a police report showed yesterday.

Acebuche said witnesses claimed that the unidentified victim was heading east of the road on his Racal motorcycle and tried to overtake an aluminum van but instead collided with an approaching Bajaj motorcycle.

He said the collision caused the driver of the Bajaj motorcycle, identified as Nico Eder, 21, of Brgy. Minuyan, Murcia town, Negros Occidental and his passenger Nonoy Avelino, 22, of the same address, to fall into the pavement. Both sustained injuries and are now confined at the CLMMRH.

TMU records show that there have been 37 casualties from vehicular accidents in Bacolod since January.*APN

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