An 18-year-old civil services aspirant was killed after she fell off her scooter and was mowed down by a chartered bus on the busy Moolchand flyover near Lajpat Nagar on Friday morning.
Police said the woman was riding down the flyover when her scooter skid and she and got crushed under the front wheel of the bus moving behind her.
A senior police officer said Kajal Mandal was heading to attend computer classes at a coaching institute in Lajpat Nagar when the accident took place around 9 am. The accident happened on the slope of the flyway going towards the Lajpat Nagar Metro station.
Eyewitnesses said that the chartered bus, carrying employees of CGO Complex, and the scooter were descending the flyover. The bus was moving behind the scooter at a high speed. Seeing the bus rushing towards her, the girl tried to take a left. Unfortunately, the vehicle skid, eyewitnesses said.
“As she fell on the road, the front wheel of the bus ran over her head and chest, killing her on the spot. The bus driver tried to stop the vehicle by applying sudden brakes. But the bus stopped only after crushing the woman,” said the officer. The driver along with some passengers in the bus and passersby rushed the girl to the Moolchand hospital across the road. However, doctors pronounced her dead on admission.
Mandal’s family members were contacted by the hospital authorities with the help of her identity card. Her family lives at Sadiq Nagar in south Delhi. Kajal’s father, Sunil Mandal, is a contractual employee at the Japanese Embassy while her mother, Poonam, works as a clerk in the defence ministry. Kajal was pursuing BA through correspondence from Delhi University, said police.
The errant driver, Hari Lal, was arrested and booked for rash and negligent driving causing death. During the interrogation, Lal told police that he planned to overtake the scooter and take the middle lane. Unfortunately, the girl skid and fell on her right coming under the bus.
“Lal claimed that he slammed the brakes as soon as the girl fell on the road. But as the bus was on the slope of the flyover, it did not halt immediately after the brakes were applied,” the officer said adding Lal had picked up employees of the CGO Complex from RK Puram and was to drop them to office by 10am.
Kajal’s family refused to believe that the scooter skid without a reason. They said that she has been riding scooter for the past few years now and had recently got her driving licence. “Kajal wanted to pursue civil services and her parents were supporting her to achieve her goal. But their dreams are shattered now with her unfortunate death,” said a family member.