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A 26-year-old motorcycle driver died while his back ride, a minor, was hospitalized in a collision with a wing van cargo truck, yesterday morning.
The incident happened on the national highway in Talisayan, Misamis Oriental.
Police Acting Provincial Director Choli Jun Caduyac identified the victim as Marlo Idpalina, single, resident of Barangay Mahayag, Talisayan; and his backrider who was not mentioned by the police is a minor.
According to the police report, the said (Russian) motorcycle driven by the victim without plate number was going to Cagayan de Oro but when it arrived in Barangay Tagbocboc the incident happened.
The truck driver, Ruel Mondilla, 46, from Barangay San Isidro, Talakag, Bukidnon, said that the collision happened when the steering wheel of his truck malfunctioned and it collided with an oncoming motorcycle.
Due to the impact, Idpalina and his companion were thrown from the motorcycle and the two fell on the pavement of the highway.
People who saw the incident quickly brought the victims to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital-Talisayan for treatment but unfortunately the motorcycle driver was declared dead on arrival.
The minor is now recovering in the hospital due to bruises and injuries on his body.
According to the police, apart from having no plate number, Idpalina has no driver’s license.
The truck driver is now in the custody of the Talisayan police for further investigation.
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