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Aganon struggles for life after crash

By NITZ ARANCON and JOEY NACALABAN
with LITO RULONA, Correspondents .

Cagayan de Oro police chief Col. Nelson Aganon speaking to reporters during a news conference. Aganon figured in an accident and is now under intensive care. (photo by Joey Nacalaban)

CITY police director Col. Nelson Aganon is in a coma and struggling for life under intensive care at the Polymedic Plaza in Kauswagan after he figured in a motorcycle accident while on training at the open field of Camp Evangelista Wednesday afternoon.

Camp Alagar spokesman Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas said Aganon nosedived while attempting a four feet motorcycle jump as part of a 45-day motorcycle-riding course of the National Police.

The mandatory training program was temporarily suspended by police director for northern Mindanao Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago Jr. as a result of the accident that happened at around 3 pm Wednesday.

Aganon’s deputy director for administration, Lt. Col. Dexter Paje, assumed as officer-in-charge of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office.

Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa, city police spokesman, said one of the tires of the Kawasaki KLX dirt bike that Aganon used slipped off a ramp while the police chief was attempting a jump.

“Pagtugpa niya sa yuta, nag-una ang iyang dughan ug ulo. Ma-o tong gidali siya pagkarga sa ambulance ug gidala sa hospital,” Hortillosa said.

Aganon, according to Hortillosa, had to undergo surgery because of a head injury.

Sereñas said Aganon, who suffered head trauma, has been placed under a two-week medical induced rest in an intensive care unit of Polymedic.

“He is still in critical condition,” Sereñas said.

He said the surgery, performed late Wednesday night, was successful but the effects of Aganon’s head injury cannot be determined by physicians.

Aganon’s family members opted not to issue a statement on the condition of the 46-year-old police director.

Sereñas said the accident was caught on video, and “medyo dili maayo gyud ang iyang pagka-disgrasya human ipa-ambak ang motor.”

Sereñas said police officials watched the video recording and saw Aganon fall ahead of the motorcycle. 

“Pagtan-aw pa namo kulang ang iyang puwersa sa iyang pagsaka sa ramp. Supposed to be iyang i-full throttle pero wala man siya makabantay. Naa unta sa 60 to 80 kilometers per hour,” he said.

Sereñas said they also noticed that Aganon was already tired, and appeared weak at the time of the accident.

“Siguro gusto na to siya mupahulay sa pero basin maulaw pud siya busa midayon gyud siyag pagpaambak sa iyang motor,” Sereñas said.

It was the final pre-jump activity and Aganon, according to Hortillosa, was attempting his last when the accident happened.

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