Police urge motorists to drive safely in wake of fatal mishaps

RED CROSS RESCUERS attend to Caritas volunteer Efren John Zafe at right as his mangled motorcycle lies at the blood-spattered side of the highway in Palta Small after it collided head-on with an overtaking scooter last July 26, 2021. Virac MPS photo

Motorcycle drivers were warned last week to avoid speeding, wear helmets and drive safely especially when going around corners and dangerous curves in the wake of recent vehicular accidents that killed two drivers.

The stern reminded was issued by the Virac municipal police station headed by Major Antonio Perez a day after two speeding motorcycles collided head-on along the national highway in barangay Palta Small last July 26, 2021.

According to the official report on the mishap, Efren John Tubale Zafe, 22, a resident of Palta Big who was a volunteer of the Caritas Virac Justice & Peace, Inc., was driving a Suzuki Raider R150 towards Virac poblacion at 8:30 A.M. when the collision occurred.

A resident who saw the accident immediately called the Virac MPS’s Tactical Operations Center, which informed the Red Cross the Virac MDRRM Office.

Zafe had just reached the road in front of the residence of Manuel Melgar it was hit by the other motorcycle, a Skydrive Sport scooter driven by Roselyn Abaquita Brusola, 27, a resident of San Isidro Village, Virac who is a teacher at Mayngaway Elementary School in San Andres.

Witnesses told the police that Brusola, who was bound for San Andres on the opposite lane, overtook another vehicle and encroached on Zafe’s right-of-way, causing the head-on collision.

Both drivers were attended to minutes later by responding personnel of the Philippine Red Cross Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Virac MDRRM.

Zafe died later at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center where the two victims were brought for treatment of serious head and bodily injuries.

The Caritas volunteer’s helmet was apparently detached from his head during the impact, contributing to the seriousness of his injury.

Police probers said Zafe had a current driver’s license while Brusola was without a license at the time.

The Palta Small mishap comes just a week after a motorcyclist from Viga veered off from his lane along the national road in San Miguel town ran into a concrete truck mixer on the opposite lane, causing his untimely death.

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