Mini truck rams into scooter, 16-yr-old killed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2014 08:38 IST

Two days after a cyclist was killed and two women were injured after being hit by a CTU bus near Kalagram, a 16-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured at the railway light point after being hit by a mini truck on Wednesday midnight .

The victims have been identified as Garima Gulati, a student of Class 11, and her mother Rajni Gulati, 40, residents of Modern Housing Complex in Mnaimajra.

Police said the duo was crossing the road when the truck hit their scooter from behind. The minor was pillion riding with her mother on a Honda Activa scooter when the accident took place.

Garima and Rajni were going to railway station to catch a train to Sonepat and were to park their scooter at the station only.

Garima had talked to her paternal grandparents over the phone around 9.30pm and they expressed their desire to meet her. Garima immediately planned a trip to Sonepat along with her mother.

The duo was coming from IT Park side and had almost crossed the railway light point when a pick-up van hit them from behind and they fell on the road. The accused vehicle managed to flee the spot.

Passersby informed the police about the accident following which both the victims were rushed to hospital.

Garima was declared brought dead at the PGIMER, while her mother was admitted and discharged on Thursday evening. Garima's mother suffered three fractures in her neck.

The police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving at the Manimajra police station and efforts are on to trace the erring vehicle.

Sources said the police were scrutinising the CCTV footage of the cameras installed at the light point.

Father consolable
"I still cannot come to terms with the tragedy. My daughter was so excited to meet her grandparents when she left home for Sonepat," said Garima's father Jatinder Gulati, who manages a mess at the PGIMER.
He added that, "She has left us a month before her birthday which falls on October 23."

Her father said her classes had started on Wednesday only. Garima had opted for commerce and had taken admission at Guru Gobind Singh School in Sector 26. Garima was so happy after attending the school for first day that she got her pictures clicked from a professional photographer after returning from school. She had got late admission as she Garima securing a seat in government schools.

In tears, Jatinder said, "She was too attached to my mother who asked her to come to Sonepat and she immediately planned a trip." Garima has a younger brother who studies in Class 9.

Victims weren't wearing helmet
Rajni had recently bought the scooter and it had a temporary number. Both Rajni and Garima were not wearing helmet. The traffic signals were switched off and only yellow blinkers were working. Garima was cremated after her body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination.

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