Three teenagers from Hyderabad who went tripling on a bike met with an accident on the Upper Tank Bund road, while trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian who was crossing the road.
Two of the youth died while their friend has been admitted to hospital.
The accident took place on Sunday morning at around 12:30 am. The two students who died have been identified as Vijay (19), a resident of Chintal and Manoj (19) of Kukatpally. Their friend Raisab Yadav survived, but he is said to be in a critical condition.
According to Gandhi Nagar sub-inspector M. Prasad, the boys had told their parents that they were going for a friendâ€™s birthday party. The accident took place while they were heading towards Secunderabad.
Police told Deccan Chronicle, â€śCCTV footage showed they were driving triples and were riding at very high speeds. Vijay who was riding the bike applied break when a road-crossing pedestrian came in the way, but the bike skidded and they fell. The two would have survived the crash had they worn helmets.â€ť
The three were rushed to Gandhi Hospital, where Manoj and Vijay died while undergoing treatment.
The Hyderabad Traffic Police has initiated various â€śTraffic Awareness Programmesâ€ť in the city mainly focusing on school and college-going children.
â€śWe have officers visiting schools and colleges speaking to a few thousand students a day. The idea is that even if not all of them are listening, at least the message will sink into a few of them,â€ť said K Babu Rao, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic.
This year, the Hyderabad City Police has recorded 90 road accident-related deaths, with 823 persons reported injured. There were 311 road-related deaths in 2017 with 2,387 injured. In 2016, the death toll stood at 405.