Patna: The day Patna traffic police launched its road safety week, a woman and a schoolboy were mowed down in separate accidents in the city on Monday.
Renu Devi, 45, was crushed to death by a sand-laden truck at Changar New Bypass in the Ram Krishna Nagar police station area at 6.30am. She was riding pillion with a neighbour, Sumit Kumar, towards her plot of land near Krishna Niketan to oversee construction work.
Eyewitnesses claimed the truck hit the two-wheeler and then ran over the body, splitting it.
Renu’s nephew Diwakar Kumar said: “It is a black Monday for us. My aunt and Sumit had gone to see her plot of land where construction work was going on. At 7.15am we received the news of the accident. When we reached the spot we saw my aunt’s body split into two parts.”
Sumit was admitted to a private hospital in the Bypass area. Sources said the truck’s driver and helper ran from the accident spot.
Renu has left behind her children, studying engineering in Bangalore – 22-year-old son Kishan and 20-year-old daughter Kanika. The children, Diwakar added, have left for Patna since hearing the news.
This is the second tragedy to hit the family in a year. as Diwakar said Renu’s husband Dinanath, who worked as junior engineer at Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, committed suicide eight months ago. Renu had been running the family with her husband’s pension.
In the other accident, 18-year old Gautam Kumar was crushed to death on Exhibition Road at 7am, when he was going to his school Gyandeep Academy on Ashiana-Digha Road. Gautam was riding pillion on his friend Yash Agarwal’s two-wheeler. As they reached Exhibition Road from Rajendra Path, a Ranchi-Patna bus hit the vehicle. While Gautam died on the spot, Yash was admitted to a private hospital with minor injuries on his hands and legs.
Prem Kumar, a resident of Rajendra Path who knows Gautam’s family, said: “It was early morning when we heard about the accident. We were shocked to see Gautam’s body.”
The 18-year-old’s father Lallu Ram works at advocate Sujata Mukherjee’s house. Prem said: “This is a huge shock to the family. In spite of limited sources of income, Lallu Ram always gives priority to his children’s studies. He was giving his son and daughter the best education he could.”
The bus driver, eyewitnesses said, did not stop after hitting the students’ two-wheeler. Police traced the bus through CCTV camera footage from the Exhibition Road area.
Post-mortem of both victims have been conducted and the bodies handed over to the families.
Traffic police station house officer Ghanshyam Murari said: “The police have seized the truck and the bus involved in the accidents. Cases of rash driving have been lodged.”
Courtesy: The Telegraph