After 9 days in a coma, seven-yr-old hit and run victim dies

  • Gulam Jeelani , Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 01:27 IST

Jiya, the seven-year-old girl who was in a coma for the last nine days after a speeding car ran over her while crossing a road, succumbed to injuries in a Gurgaon hospital on Tuesday night.

Jiya was a Class 3 student of Ryan International School, Gurgaon. The accident happened on May 9 when Jiya was crossing a road in Krishna Colony near Sector 7, Old Gurgaon, after the school bus allegedly

dropped her on the other side of the road. A white car ran over her and the driver sped away.

Sources said the school bus allegedly did not have a conductor and attendant, which are mandatory for all school buses. She was in a coma in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Medanta - The Medicity since May 9. She breathed her last around 11:40pm on Tuesday and the body was brought home around 5:30am on Wednesday .

Jiya suffered from cerebral edema — swelling of the brain —that left her fighting for her life. The condition resulted in multiple organ failure and on Tuesday night she had a cardiac arrest.

Jiya was the daughter of Wipro executive Pankaj Juneja. Her parents have registered a complaint at the Sector 4 police outpost. “The probe is on. We are trying to get CCTV camera footage from the area. No one has been arrested so far,” assistant commissioner of police Hawa Singh said.

The school agreed to pay for Jiya’s treatment only after several parents held a demonstration at the school’s Sector 40 branch on Friday. The teacher who accompanied students in the bus has also been suspended.

Soon after the news of Jiya’s death, tributes started pouring in on social media.

“RIP Jiya, this is really sad. May god give courage to her parents,” Gunjan Khurana, a parent, wrote on the Facebook group Gurgaon Parents for Better Education.

Some comments also touched upon the issue of safety of schoolchildren.

“RIP, these schools can’t feel the loss and pain Jiya faced. They just know how to take huge fees along with huge transport charge,” Atul Sharma commented on the post.

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