In a tragic incident that happened at Mohali, Punjab, a 20 year-old student was dragged for nearly 1 km under a Hyundai Santro. The student finally succumbed to his injuries. Two of his friends were on a motorcycle with the deceased student at the time of the accident.
What exactly happened?
Gurjot Singh, 20, along with his friends, Roshan and Kaushal, was on a motorcycle, heading towards Riddhi Apartments at Shivalik City. A Hyundai Santro car is said to have rear ended the motorcycle, near the Chappar Chiri petrol pump on the Landran-Kharar. After the impact, pillions Roshan and Kaushal fell away while rider Gurjot got caught under the Santro’s wheels.
Despite other motorists repeatedly honking and trying to stop the Santro driver, he’s said to have sped on, weaving in and out of traffic. After nearly a kilometer, Gurjot fell away, but not before being severely injured. He was taken to the Kharar Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the PGI hospital, which declared him brought dead. Cops are now looking for the unidentified driver of the Santro, bearing registration number CH-03 W-3253.
Here’s a statement from Inspector Manjit Singh, SHO of the Balongi police station,
Some vehicles chased the Santro car and repeatedly blew the horn in a bid to stop it, but the driver increased the speed of the car and started overtaking vehicles in a zigzag manner. It was raining at the time of the incident. Instead of stopping the car, its driver increased the speed. A severely injured Gurjot was taken to the Kharar Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead.
While it’s too early to know who was at fault here, triple-riding can be very dangerous, and all three students were on a single bike, making them party to an illegal act. Triple-riding often makes the motorcycle unstable, and less responsive to direction changes and braking. This can cause loss of control, and accidents. Triple riding on two wheelers is equal to overloading in cars. Avoid it by all means.