The poor condition of a road in Hyderabad city claimed the life of a 30-year-old on Saturday as the woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler, fell off the vehicle and was run over by a truck, when the rider tried to dodge a pothole.
The incident took place at Kandlakoya near Medchal and the rider also fell with the vehicle, but escaped unhurt.
The police said that the woman, identified as Jadav Sunitha, a resident of IDA Bollarum, was travelling with her employer to Ghanapur, where her son was undergoing treatment at a hospital.
As they were travelling, the police said that the rider, Prasad, lost balance while trying to dodge a pothole and the vehicle fell, throwing Sunitha to its right side, while Prasad fell to the left.
As the road had no median, a lorry coming from the opposite side ran over Sunitha, killing her on the spot. The vehicle was reported to be travelling from Medchal towards Gandimaisamma.
The police said that Sunitha was working in a canteen, run and owned by Prasad.
Prasad then informed Sunitha's husband and the police, who rushed to the spot and took the lorry driver into custody.
A case was registered under Section 304-A (causing death by rash or negligent act) of the IPC.
According to statistics put out by the Hyderabad Traffic Police, 90 people have died in road accidents in the city as of April 30 this year, while 823 people were injured.
Two-wheelers were the largest victims of the accidents, contributing to 405 cases out of the total 804 cases reported till April 30 this year. The number of pedestrian victims was also high at 288 cases.
Drunken driving continues to be a major issue, as the Hyderabad Traffic police have arrested 1,699 people and filed 9,468 cases as of April this year, across the city.