Accident sparks protest

A pedestrian who was trying to cross the road was mowed down by a speeding car on National Highway-48 near Yentaganahalli, Nelamangala early Sunday  morning.

The victim has been identified as Pradeep, 16, a resident of Lekkanahalli.

Pradeep had just alighted from a bus at Yentaganahalli, when he was run over by the car.

The boy was thrown up in the air by the impact. According to police, he sustained severe head injuries and was killed on the spot. Police added that Pradeep had come to Yentaganahalli to visit his aunt for the festival.

The accident triggered a rasta roko protest on the National Highway by residents. The protestors alleged that the company which had built the highway had not takenproper safety measures, leading to many accidents in recent times. In order to create a safer enviornment, they demanded that a service road be built there.

Nelamangala Police rushed to the spot and took some of the protestors into preventive custody.
Police have registered a case and have arrested the driver of the car.

Drivers absconding

Investigations into the accident on the Hosur main road which killed three people on Saturday have revealed that the driver of the SUV (Tempo Traveller) had fled the scene after the accident.

The Attibele police, on Saturday night, had said that of the many injured, the condition of four was critical and suspected that the driver of the Tempo Traveller was among them.

On Sunday, the relatives of the injured identified them at the hospital. Following this, the police realised that the driver was not among the injured.

The driver of the lorry is also absconding.

Attibele police said that they had formed a special team to trace the two drivers. A senior official, speaking to Deccan Herald, said that the sequence of events which led to the accident can only became clear after police question the two drivers, in an attempt to uncover who is at fault.

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