Miss International semifinalist 2009 Melody Gersbach, 24, who was the trainer of Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj for the 2010 Miss Universe beauty pageant, has died on Saturday morning along with two others in car accident.
Gersbach, a Filipino-German beauty queen who won the Binibining Pilipinas International 2009, died on the spot along with her make-up artist Alden Orense and Santos Ramos, the driver of the Toyota Innova they were riding, said Senior Superintendent Jonathan Ablang, director of the Camarines Sur Police.
The fourth victim, Ronald Lita, was taken to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City having serious injuries.
“It was a head-on collision, the passenger bus was reportedly travelling fast,” Ablang said.
The official said that Melody Gersbach and her companions were heading to Naga City to grace a gown competition for the Ms. Bicolandia beauty contest when the incident happened at around 11 a.m. along a national highway in Sitio Banasi, Barangay Pawili in Bula town.