A 14-year-old boy was killed while three others were injured when a truck allegedly ran over them while they were sleeping on the footpath near Jas toll gate in the early hours of Monday.
The truck driver reportedly drove away from the scene of the incident. The incident took place at around 2 am on Monday morning.
14-year old Jithu Chouhan was crushed to death while two others, including 45-year-old Mala, sustained severe injuries in the horrific incident. They were rushed to Victoria Hospital and are currently receiving treatment and are out of any immediate danger.
The family was sleeping on the side of the road near Nelamangala overnight before they could hitch a ride to Jalgaon via Dharwad. The driver of a truck allegedly ran over them while trying to park the vehicle. The truck was entering the city from Tumakuru.
â€œWe were asleep when we suddenly heard the screams. I opened my eyes to see my cousin lying in a pool of blood and my aunty was hit badly injuring her right hand and ear," Dileep, who was part of the group, told The New Indian Express
As per eyewitnesses, the truck driver reportedly fled the scene soon after the incident. Neelamangala police have registered a case of death due to rash and negligent driving against the driver, reported The Hindu.
The group had decided to sleep on the roadside on Sunday night and since they were covered in bed sheets, the truck driver did not notice them. Alongside Jithu and Mala, others who were part of the group included Jothu Shivaraj Chouhan (45), Dileep Rajput (20), Usha (35), Kamala (25), Anitha (24), Asha (23) and six other children.