MANKAYAN, Benguet – A 20-year old farmer died while his back rider was injured after their motorcycle accidentally fell on a canal along the road at Palatong, Tabio, here, recently.
Senior Superintendent Florante Camuyot, officer-in-charge of the Benguet Provincial Police Office, identified the fatality as Luis Odacion Pelagao, 20, single, farmer, native and resident of Dongen, Balili, Mankayan, Benguet while he named his injured back rider as Drixon Saki Maliňas, 17, single, Grade 9, Native of Dongen, Balili, Mankayan, Benguet.
Initial police investigation showed that the duo were on board a motorcycle travelling along the road when the victim tried to overtake a slow-moving elf truck on the right side.
However, witnesses informed probers that they saw the motorcycle slip on the road and eventually fell on the canal causing injuries to the occupants.
The two persons were rushed to the Lepanto District Hospital for medical treatment but the driver was proclaimed dead on arrival by attending physicians while his back rider is being treated for the injuries he sustained.
The case is still subject to further investigation by operatives of the Mankayan Municipal Police Station.
By Dexter A. See