1 dead, another hurt in Balamban motorcycle crash

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(UPDATED) A 22-year-old senior high student died in a vehicular accident along the Transcentral Highway (TCH) in Barangay Cansomoroy, Balamban town, southwest of Cebu past 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Donald Pitogo, investigating officer of Balamban Police Station, identified the victim as Maria Amelita Canumay, driver of the motorcycle, and Janine Rico, the backrider, both from Barangay Awihao, Toledo City.

Pitogo said that based on their initial investigation, Canumay was traveling downhill on their way to Cansomoroy when she lost control of the Honda Click 125 motorcycle, swerved to the left side of the road and fell into the water canal.

Canumay and Rico sustained serious physical injuries due to the impact and were brought to Balamban Provincial Hospital for medical treatment.

Canumay, reportedly a lesbian, did not reach the hospital alive after hitting her head on the pavement, while her girlfriend Rico was transferred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City for further treatment.

The family of Canumay already went to the hospital to claim her body.

Major Rico Romaguera, chief of Balamban Police Station, said they have not established whether the victims were under the influence of liquor at the time of the incident since they were already taken to the hospital when they arrived at the scene.

Romaguera did not also discount the possibility that the two were just having a leisure ride or breaking in their newly-bought motorcycle.

Cebu Police Provincial Office Director Engelbert Soriano, for his part, said the government has not been remiss in reminding the public, especially new drivers, to be careful when driving through Transcentral Highway due to its steep zigzag roads.

He said the government also installed many road signs in TCH to guide motorists.

“We’re not blaming the victims here, pero talaga po I am reminding all riders going through the Transcentral Highway to really exercise precaution and not to speed up much, alam nyo naman duon hindi ka pa kumakaliwa kakanan kana naman sobrang zigzag talaga sya (you know there before you could take a left turn you will again do the right turn) and it is not safe for new riders kaya ang reminder natin dyan ay iwasan yung unnecessary speed dyaan dahil talagang unsafe na unsafe yan talaga lalo yan na may angkas (so our reminder is to avoid unnecessary speed since that area is very much unsafe especially if you have a backride),” Soriano said.

Sadly, countless individuals lost their lives due to accidents in the area, he added.

In fact, a driving school in Talisay City had put up a big streamer along TCH to remind motorists about safe driving. (GDC, GPL, AYB, TPT)

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