A vice mayoral candidate died of brain injury sustained from a motorcycle crash which happened while he was conducting a door-to-door campaign in Alicia town.
Candido Gavas, Jr., 56, of Barangay Poblacion, Alicia succumbed to his injury at 11 a.m. on Friday last week, five days after he crashed on April 28.
According to the Gavas’ camp, he appeared to have been recuperating on his first day at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital but his health deteriorated on the following days until his death.
It was reportedly not known that Gavas sustained brain injury prior to his death.
“Kay og nahibaw-an pa pod nga naa diay damage iya brain, ideretso na unta to sa ICU pero wala, uwahi na ang tanan, namatay nalang siya mao pa pag abot sa resulta,” said Jerim Curit, Gavas’ partymate who is running for town councilor.
According to Master Sgt. Reynaldo Galorio of the Alicia Police Station, Gavas was conducting house-to-house campaigning on April 29 with mayoral candidate Jonathan Puracan in Barangay La-Hacienda.
Puracan told authorities that while they were driving separate motorcycles, Gavas appeared weak due to their daylong campaigning.
Gavas then suddenly crashed behind Puracan and was bloodied due to injuries sustained.
“Kaning si Puracan pag-abot nila dapit sa Barangay Progreso naghuwat ni sa biktima kay medyo na-uwahi man, pero mao nalay iyang namatikdan nga diha nay mipaka sa iyang loyo,” said Galorio.
According to Curit, Gavas’ daughter, Josabeth Gavas, will be taking over her father’s candidacy following his death.
Gavas was running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition. (AD)