By Richel V. Umel
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte — Three motorcycle passengers were killed while three others were seriously injured in a three-way road crash along the national highway of Kakai Renabor at around 3:30 pm, Tuesday.
In a police report, Maj. Rodolfo Dongiapon of the Tubod Police identified the fatalities as Samia Pasan Montila, 30, married, a resident of Purok Mentring, Maigo. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician at Baroy, Provincial Hospital. While the two others were identified as Charlyn Mondido Sumagang, 33, married, a resident of Purok 6, Libertad, and Amenola Hadji Latip, married, a resident of Purok 6, Manga. Both of whom come from Kolambugan town died in the hospital few minutes later.
Dongiapon identified the three other passengers who suffered serious injuries as Jenelyn Filipino Sayre, 31, married, a resident of Poblacion, Magsaysay, Mohammad Jalil Pasan Montila, nine, a resident of Purok Mentring, Maigo, and Antonina Pang-an Balatero, 55, married, a resident of Purok 5, Manga, Kolambugan and are still under treatment at the hospital.
Initial traffic investigation showed that a Toyota sedan was travelling from Tubod proper going to Kolambugan when it collided with a motorcycle with a sidecar loaded with passengers.
“The passengers were thrown out of the road after the motorcycle with sidecar also crash into a Nissan pick-up which was traversing to Tubod,” Dongiapon said.
In an ocular inspection conducted by Master Sgt. Mark Debb Namuag, the unidentified driver of the Toyota sedan, color thermalyte-type with plate number AA 1884, fled on board a white Toyota Revo towards Kolambugan town while the victims were being rushed to Baroy Provincial Hospital for immediate treatment.
The Toyota sedan has been registered under the name of Nicanor Andal Garcia with an address of Fairview, Quezon City while the blue Nissan pick-up, with plate number FOZ 853, was driven by Prince Alexander Umpa Caorong who submitted himself for investigation.
“The road crash is still under investigation. We have been alarmed the Highway Patrol Group to determine if the Toyota Sedan is a carnapped vehicle or not since the registered owner is from Quezon City,” said Dongiapon.