By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
A JAILER died after he accidentally crashed his motorcycle into a guard rail in Barangay Lumbia, this city, late Sunday night.
Police identified the fatality as 54-year-old Joselito Bascon Jr., a senior jail officer working at the city’s correctional facility in Lumbia.
Maj. Evan Viñas, city police spokesperson, said Bascon was on his way home to Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental, when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving.
“He probably fell asleep for a few seconds and miscalculated a blind curve,” said Viñas, adding that Bascon may have been both tired and sleepy at the time.
Due to the impact of the crash, Viñas said Bascon died on the spot. The motorcycle, he said, was a total wreck.
Vinas said investigators were looking into the possibility that the victim was under the influence of liquor when the accident happened.
He noted that Bascon had worked as as jailer at the Lumbia prison facility for some 20 years and was familiar with the road where he met the accident.
“We’ll leave it up to the investigation of the [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] if indeed he was drunk that caused his motorcycle to ram into the barrier,” Viñas said.
In a statement, Senior Supt. Ester Pepito, BJMP-10 regional director, said they mourn “the untimely demise of our comrade-in-arms, SJO2 Joselito Bascon Jr. We condole with his family and pray for his eternal repose. Rest in peace, dear colleague.”