Chief of police in Guihulngan City killed in road accident
ROAD CRASH – The chief of police of Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental was killed in a road accident in San Carlos City, two (2) days after assuming his post.
The police chief was identified as Police Lt. Col. Ruben Verbo, a 44-year-old resident of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
Aside from the police chief, there were also five people involved in the accident and fortunately, they were able to survive but sustained injuries.
Those who were injured are the following: Richie Dayday, 33, live-in partner of Verbo from Ayungon, Negros Oriental; Negros Oriental police director Police Col. Germano Mallari, 52, of Daan Bantayan, Cebu; motorcycle drivers Edwardo Aceñas, 38, of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental; and Trifon Paltingca, 42, of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental; and Wenny Boy Nagor, 24, of Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental- the driver of the dump truck.
San Carlos City Police Station Spokesperson Police Lt. Ruby Aurita said that Verbo, Dayday and Mallari were on their way to meet Negros Occidental police director, Police Col. Leo Pamittan for the Barangayan project within the boundaries of two provinces.
Apparently, a dump truck driven by Nagor encountered mechanical trouble. The truck which was loaded with gravel swerved in the opposite lane.
At the time, the victims were ascending the curved part of the road in Sitio Buli, Barangay Rizal. They managed to stop at a distance when the dump truck swerved.
However, it fell on its side, dragging the motorcycle of Verbo.
Verbo and his live-in partner failed to jump off their motorcycle and were thrown off to a canal nearby.
The three managed to avoid the truck but got injured.
Verbo was declared dead on arrival while Dayday is still confined at a hospital.
Mallari and the three others including the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the driver of the dump truck will face reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, physical injuries, and damage to properties.
The background of Aceñas and Paltingca is still being checked if they were part of the convoy.