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American Tourist Dies in Motorcycle Crash in Bohol

A 35-year-old American tourist died after his motorcycle crashed into a coconut tree along the national highway in Barangay Sal-ing, Balilihan, Bohol on Wednesday evening.

The victim was identified as Michael David, a native of California, who was visiting the province with his Filipino girlfriend.

According to witnesses, David was driving a rented motorcycle from Catigbian town to Balilihan town when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a coconut tree on the roadside at around 9 p.m. on February 14, 2024.

The impact of the collision caused severe injuries to David’s head and body. He was rushed to the nearest hospital by the Tarsier 117 rescue team, but was declared dead on arrival.

The police are investigating the possible causes of the accident, such as speeding, mechanical failure, or human error. They are also coordinating with the US Embassy and the victim’s family for the proper disposition of his remains.

David’s girlfriend, who was not with him at the time of the accident, expressed her grief and shock over the tragic incident. She said they were planning to visit the famous Chocolate Hills and other tourist spots in Bohol before flying back to Manila.

Bohol is a popular destination for local and foreign tourists, known for its natural and cultural attractions. However, it also has a high rate of road accidents, especially involving motorcycles, due to the poor condition of some roads and the lack of traffic discipline among some drivers.