2 dead as truck sideswipes motorcycle in Negros Occidental

Published February 14, 2021, 11:33 AM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Two persons riding a motorcycle were killed when they were sideswiped by a truck in Hacienda Busay, Barangay Efegenio, Talisay City, Negros Occidental Saturday.

Police identified the victims as Allan Bedonia, 55; and his nephew Rodrigo Bedonia, 22,  residents of Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City.

Police Master Sgt. Michael McDowell, chief investigator of the Talisay City Police Station, said the victims were riding a motorcycle on their way home from a christening in Silay City when they were sideswiped by a prime mover trailer truck driven by Jose Kenneth Verbo, 42, of Barangay Tinampa-an, Cadiz City.

McDowell said that based on their investigation, the truck and the motorcycle were heading on the same direction when the truck overtook and the rear part of its trailer hit the motorcycle.

He said the victims were thrown off from their motorcycle. They sustained serious injuries despite wearing helmets.

Allan suffered head injuries while Rodrigo might have been ran over by the truck, he said. They were taken to a hospital, but were declared dead on arrival, he added.

Based on a dash cam posted by a concerned citizen online, McDowell said that the truck was allegedly speeding, causing such impact on both victims.

McDowell said they are waiting for the decision of the victims’ families on the filing of charges against Verbo, who is detained at the police station.