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3 dead, 21 hurt in Cavite road mishaps

CAMP GEN. PANTALEON GARCIA, IMUS, Cavite – Three persons, including a septuagenarian, died while 21 others were injured in road accidents on Tuesday in the municipalities of Carmona and Kawit and Bacoor City, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported on Wednesday.

The number brought to 10 the fatalities in the spike of road accidents in the province’s lowland and upland districts for the last 15 days.

PPO reports identified the latest fatalities as Jorge Alvin Rodriguez Mercado, a resident of Silang, Cavite; his companion Marlo Serra Jadie, of Chico Street, Golden Acres, Talon I, Las Piñas City; and Roberto Calipay Bazar Sr, 72, of Bacoor City.

The first victims were Mercado and Jadie, whose motorcycle they were riding accidentally hit a dimly-lit bridge steel rail on Governors Drive in Barangay Bancal, Carmona, at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.

P02 Gilbert Diaz Centeno, case investigator, said that Mercado was driving the Yamaha Mio (with for registration plate) with Jadie as back rider at the time of the accident.

Mercado died on the spot while Jadie was declared dead on arrival at Pagamutan Bayan ng Carmona (Carmona Community Hospital). They suffered body injuries.

Mercado’s motorcycle hit the bridge barrier while traveling along the road bound to Biñan City, Laguna. The cause of the accident was still under investigation, Centeno said.

Another report said that Bazar was hit by a new silver Ford Eco-Sport car (with conduction sticker No. IJ 3140) while he was pushing a cart on Alabang-Zapote Road Extension in Longos, Barangay Zapote V, Bacoor at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Bazar succumbed to body injuries while being treated at Las Pinas District Hospital.

PO2 Reagan F. Fama,officer-on-case, said that the car driver – one Ronaldo Gualberto Tolentino, 47, a pilot, of 688 Building III Residences in Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City – was held at Bacoor police station.

The third report said that at least 21 passengers, including elderly men and women, were injured when a Mitsubishi rebuilt mini-bus (DXE 208) accidentally hit a concrete fence and turned sideways on Tirona Highway in Barangay Marulas, Kawit. (Anthony Giron)