A 67-year-old morning walker died after being hit by a car on the road dividing Sectors 16 and 17 near Rose Garden on Friday. The victim has been identified as Om Parkash, a resident of Sector 22, who was on his usual morning walk.
The car driver, Shruti, a resident of Sector 44, lost control of the vehicle after its tyre burst and she rammed into Om Parkash from behind around 5.30am. Om Parkash was a retired bank employee.
No sooner than the car hit Om Parkash, he was rushed to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in a police gypsy. However, the victim succumbed to head injuries in the afternoon. Victim’s son Pradeep Rajput, an advocate by profession, also rushed to the PGIMER.
The police said the woman was going to the PGIMER where her father was admitted when the accident took place.
A case under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Shruti at the Sector 17 police station. The car driver was arrested, but later released on bail. The car was also impounded.
The body will be handed over to Om Parkash’s family after a post-mortem examination on Saturday.
In the past five days, four persons -three two- wheeler riders and one pedestrian — have died in road mishaps. A 24-year-old motorcyclist died after he lost his balance and was crushed under the wheels of a Chandigarh Police bus carrying Indian Reserve Battalion officials here on the night of June 4. Two people were killed and another injured in a head-on collision between a Honda Activa scooter and a motorcycle outside Punjab MLA Hostel on June 2.