17-year-old killed as her friend rams moped into bus

17-year-old killed as her friend rams moped into bus

Teen rode pillion on two-wheeler

A 17-year-old girl died and her friend was injured when their moped hit a stationary bus in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar on Thursday.

Policemen were at the spot attending to another accident involving a bus.
Victim Kusum Jha hailed from Bihar and lived with her relatives in Mandawali.

Police said the incident occurred when she was travelling with Mayur Vihar resident Raju, 26.

Around 4 pm, a call was made to the police control room reporting an accident near Akshardham Temple.

Police presence
“A Delhi Transport Corporation bus had rammed into a cluster bus,” said a police officer.

The buses were made to park on the roadside as staff of a PCR van were attending the call.

“Soon, a moped coming from Nizamuddin side rammed into the cluster bus. Raju was driving the moped, while Kusum was riding pillion,” the officer added.

Raju and Kusum were rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, where Kusum was declared brought dead.

An initial probe revealed that Kusum’s mother lived in Bihar, while she lived with her uncle Shiv Kumar’s family in Mandawali.

On Thursday, she had left home around 2.30 pm.

Kusum, however, did not inform them about her schedule for the day.
“We are yet to establish the sequence of events as Raju has not been declared fit for a statement,” the officer said.

Though Kusum’s family is based in Bihar, she was sent to the capital when she was three years old.

She was a class 10 student at a government school in Mandawali. Raju is a carpenter in east Delhi.

A case of rash driving and causing death by negligence has been registered with Pandav Nagar police station.

Police said no action will be taken against the bus driver.
The PCR call was made after the rear end of the cluster bus was damaged in the first accident.

“The driver of the cluster bus had applied sudden break and the DTC bus driver failed to anticipate it. The drivers had reached a compromise when the moped rammed into the cluster bus,” the officer added.

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