By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – A female motorcycle rider died while competing in a motorcycle race at Brgy. 1 Poblacion, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental last Sunday.
Maj. Clifford Batadhay, town police chief, identified the fatality as Mary Grace Pe, 23, of San Jose, Antique.
Batadhay said the victim was competing in the Endurance Challenge 400 Negros Island 2019 Road Tour when she figured in the accident last Sunday.
The accident happened when the victim was approaching a road curve. Her motorcycle swerved, causing her to lose control of the big bike, Batadhay said.
She was thrown off the bike and hit her head on the ground, he added.
Another participant stopped and rushed her to a hospital in Kabankalan City, where she expired a few hours later due to serious head injuries.
Batadhay said that Pe was wearing complete safety gear but her injuries were too severe.
He said the accident could have been prevented if there was coordination with law enforcement units on the road safety and security of the event, stressing that “safety is a priority.”
He said Pe’s remains were already transported to her hometown.