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By Staff
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Published 10:36 PM, March 16, 2021

Almeria, Biliran— A septuagenarian driver died while being treated at a private hospital in Ormoc City while two other persons on board another single motorcycle were treated for injuries at the Biliran Provincial Hospital in Naval, Biliran after figuring a road mishap that also involved a private car about 8:50 in the morning today (Mar 16) along the national highway in Sitio Daro, Brgy Poblacion, Almeria, Biliran.

Police Lt Edwin Simbajon, COP Almeria Police Station identified the fatality as Exequiel Beltran, 74, married a resident of Brgy. Jamorawon, Almeria, Biliran and the two injured were identified as Bernard Corto, 54, Brgy Treasurer and his cousin Nestor Corto, legal age, all residents of Brgy Matanggo, Almeria, Biliran. While the driver of a private car involved in the mishap was identified as Nelson Espuerta, 52, married a resident of Brgy. Pili, Almeria, Biliran.

Case Investigator Police Corporal Luke Mark A. Astorga in a telephone interview disclosed that Beltran was driving a Honda wave110 single motorcycle color black, with Plate number 0939212 and was on his way to the town of Almeria. While the Skygo SG 125 color white and black driven by the Barangay Treasurer with back rider Nestor Corto, with Plate number 080104 and the Suzuki Celerio-MT, color red, with Plate number HAB-9030 driven by Espuerta were on their way to Naval town coming from the town of Almeria.

Cpl. Astorga said that upon reaching the place of occurrence, the Suzuki Celerio overtook the Skygo motorcycle, failing to notice the Honda Wave was crossing the national highway heading Almeria, Biliran proper while coming out from a gasoline station. Cpl. Astorga disclosed that the Suzuki Celerio and the Honda Wave figured in a head-on collision resulting in severe injuries of the motorcycle driver Beltran and damages to both vehicles involved.

The impact from the collision causes the Honda wave to bounce towards the Skygo motorcycle that caused the two riders of the motorcycle to fall to the road incurring injuries to the two riders and damages of their vehicle also. The injured persons were immediately brought by Almeria Ambulance to Biliran Provincial Hospital for immediate medical assistance.

But because of the severity of the injuries incurred by Beltran was transferred to the Ormoc Sugarcane Planters Association Family Medical Center (OSPA-FMC) in Ormoc City where he died while he was treated in the said hospital.

The local police are preparing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against Espuerta who is temporarily detained at the Almeria Police Station. While the remains of Beltran is still in the Ormoc Hospital and is being readied to return home. –


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