Who is to blame?

news Monday, May 23, 2016 - 09:48

A 16-year-old girl, who was riding pillion came under the wheels of a bus after her brother lost control on the pothole-ridden Mysore road in Bengaluru.

The incident happened between Nayandahalli flyover and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) arch on Sunday morning.

The girl identified as P Savitha was reportedly not wearing a helmet, reported The Hindu.

Bangalore Mirror quoted the deceased’s brother, Santosh as saying: “I was unnerved by the honking of the bus behind me. Before I could give way, I hit the cement in a pothole and hit an auto rickshaw. Before I realised what happened, the bus had run over Savitha's head.”

Savitha, who is a native of Belekere, Mysuru, had just passed her class 10. She was in Bengaluru to attend a wedding at RR nagar, reported TNIE.

The police said the girl’s brother panicked when a BMTC bus behind started honking repeatedly. While trying to manoeuvre the bike, he reportedly lost balance on a cement filled pothole.  The girl fell on the right while he fell on the left and the bus ran over the girl, reported BM.

Santhosh's family, who were on their way to the wedding, stopped to see why there was a crowd gathered and saw Savitha lying in a pool of blood.

The 40-year-old driver of the BMTC bus fled on seeing the crowd but later surrendered before Byatarayanapura police. However, while he admitted to honking as the scooter was moving slowly, he denied that he was over-speeding, reported BM.

The police have arrested the bus driver and are investigating the case to see whether the pothole led to the accident, reported The Hindu.

In all this, BBMP commissioner, Manjunath, who was not aware of the incident said, “I will ask officials to visit the spot and report. We have already given instructions to fill the potholes and craters across the city, not only on Mysuru Road. The work is in progress.”

Previously, chief engineer BBMP, Venkatesh had told The News Minute that the BBMP control rooms received a lot of complaints about potholes, especially on Mysore road. 

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