‘Drunk’ driver dies of motorcycle crash in Barili, Cebu

| Photo courtesy of Barili Police Station

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The motorcyclist, who died in a car crash in the town of Barili, southwest Cebu, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, is believed to have driven under the influence of alcohol.

Police Staff Sergeant Michael Villardar, investigator at Barili Police Station, said Ernesto Emacto, 45, lost control of his motorcycle, causing it to hit a private van as he was crossing the road to Barangay Guiwanon.

Villardar said the victim came from her workplace in Dumanjug town and returned home to Barangay Tubod in nearby Barili town.

The initial police investigation showed that Emacto’s motorcycle struck a pickup truck driven by a certain Deardito Layan.

Layan was getting ready to park his van by the side of the road with the help of a certain Nicolas Ngalot when the accident occurred around 7:50 p.m.

“Katong motor gisinyasan gyud to niya kusog kaayo ang dagan kay nakainom inom og gamay. Mao to didto gyud wa gyud siya ka control igo gyud niya didto sa van, ”Villardar said.

(The rider had already been alerted to the presence of the van but was driving at high speed, possibly because he had had a few drinks. This is the reason why the motorcycle hit the van.)

Due to the impact, Emacto was thrown from his motorcycle and landed on the asphalt road.

The impact severely injured Emacto’s head, Villardar said.

“Murag nalumping iyang ulo. Nalagpot man gyud kay kusog man ang impact. Guba kaayo ang atubangan sa manobela motor, ”he declared.

(The victim’s head was slightly deformed. He was thrown from his motorcycle as a result of the impact. The front end of his motorcycle was also severely damaged.)

Emacto was already dead when he was brought to the hospital.

While they did not have equipment to test whether Emacto was indeed intoxicated, the victim smelled of alcohol, Villarbar said.

During their interview with his relatives, police discovered that Emacto worked as a bus driver and often drank alcohol before returning home to Barangay Tubod. / dcb

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