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17-yr-old pillion rider crushed by tanker

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 11, 2011
First Published: 01:45 IST(11/2/2011) | Last Updated: 01:46 IST(11/2/2011)

A 17-year-old girl who was riding pillion on a motorbike was run over by a water tanker after she fell off the bike at Dharavi on Thursday evening.


The Shahu Nagar police arrested the driver of the water tanker, Mohan Awle, on charges of rash driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The police said Sunita Panja, a resident of Shinde Wadi area in Dadar was killed after being crushed by a speeding water tanker.

“The deceased, an SIES college student, was sitting pillion on a friend’s motorbike and was going towards her Dadar residence when the incident took place. Her friend who was riding the bike, lost balance while crossing a speed breaker. As a result, Sunita received a jolt and fell down. Before she could stand up, a tanker that was coming at a high speed from behind rammed into her.”

“The boy who was riding the bike fled from the accident spot. However, he returned and approached us thereafter and told us what happened,” said Lata Donde, senior inspector of Shahu Nagar police. Donde added, “ We have not spoken to the family members of the victim because they are in a state of shock.”

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