An eight-year-old girl was killed after her school bus ran over her head right in front of her house at Jyothinagar, in Chandra Layout, on Wednesday afternoon.
Namitha, a resident of Thanishka Apartment on 7th cross, 3rd main, Jyothinagar, was a Class II student of Siddaganga Public School, about half a kilometre away from her residence. She was the youngest daughter of Narendra Babu, an architect, and Prameela, a homemaker, said the Byatarayanapura traffic police.
The accident took place at 3:45 pm soon after she alighted from the bus. Namitha’s eldest sister, Tanuja (20), came out to pick her up after she heard the driver blow the horn. When her friends informed Namitha that she had forgotten her bag in the bus, she requested them to throw it out. When they did so, her lunch box fell out of the bag and rolled close to the rear wheel of the bus. Namitha bent down to collect it. The bus driver, Fairoz, and the bus attendant did not notice Namitha, who was picking up the box from near the real wheel. He applied the reverse gear and moved the bus. Pushed by the bus, Namitha fell down and the wheel rolled over her head.
When Tanuja shouted for help, some neighbours joined her and rushed Namitha to a nearby hospital. She was declared brought dead. The police have arrested Fairoz (26).