STO. TOMAS, La Union: The husband of Bangar Mayor Joy Pinzon-Merin and his driver died from injuries in a car crash along the national highway in Barangay Patac on their way to Calasiao, Pangasinan. Senior Inspector Garry Anthony Casem identified the fatalities as John Anthony Merin, 36, and his driver Diego Nastor Corpuz, 28. Casem said the victims rode in a Mitsubishi Strada with plate No. AEZ 426 around 8 p.m. when the driver allegedly tried to overtake another vehicle but lost control and crashed into a tree and a concrete fence. They were brought to the La Union Medical Center but were declared dead on arrival.