Thursday 18 Apr 2024

Woman rider dies in Dramapur mishap, incident triggers uproar

Police register FIR against KTC bus driver

Woman rider dies in Dramapur mishap, incident triggers uproar

In a tragic accident, a young lady rider died after she was hit by a KTC bus on the NH66 at Bondorim-Dramapur on Wednesday morning.

Even as the fatal accident triggered uproar in the village, the Margao police was quick to register an FIR against the KTC bus driver Satendra Narayan Desai for driving the bus in a rash and negligent manner causing the death of the young rider.

Margao Police informed that the accident occurred at around 9.30 am on Wednesday when the 27-year-old rider Pratima Chawan, a resident of Zamcotto-Dramapur, was proceeding on a Dio scooter.

Police said the KTC proceeding from Cuncolim towards Navelim dashed the rear side of the Dio scooter as a result of which the rider fell on the road and was run over by the bus.

The rider sustained grievous injuries as a result of which she was rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.

Police in the know informed that the bus was apparently proceeding at great speed as evident by the fact that the bus not only dashed the rear side of the scooter, but dragged the rider to a distance before the bus rammed on a roadside electric pole.

The police have registered an offence under Section 279 and 304-A of the IPC.

Meanwhile, social activist from Dramapur, Noronha blamed the KTC bus drivers for driving the buses in a rash and negligent manner on the NH66. He also demanded that the PWD, National Highway should provide service roads along the highway and also restore the rumbler sticks near the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. “The NH is expanding the highways, but for the local road users, there are no service roads. They should take measures to regulate the speed of the vehicles plying on the National Highway,” he said.

Noronha made an appeal to the KTC drivers to drive in a safe mode not only to ensure the safety of the passengers, but the motorists travelling on the road.

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