In a city that observes car-free day and Raahgiri once a week to promote non-motorised transport and pedestrian safety, a cyclist and pedestrian lost their lives in separate road accidents.
According to the police, the cyclist, 35-year-old Bharat Prasad, died near Sector 40 after a speeding Toyota Innova hit him early Saturday. He was cycling on the side of the road when the car rammed him from the rear, critically injuring him. Prasad was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead. The police arrested the driver of the Toyota Innova and produced him in court.
In the second accident, a case of hit-and-run, a 40-year-old pedestrian, Satpal, died while he was crossing a road near Binola on NH8 on Friday evening.
Satpal and his friend were trying to cross the road when a speeding truck hit them. Satpal’s legs were crushed and his friend fell on the other side of the road. They were rushed to a nearby private hospital where Satpal died due to loss of blood.
The police have booked the truck driver, who is on the run, for rash driving, causing hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety and causing death by negligence.
“The police have registered two road accidents, one of a pedestrian and another cyclist. We are investigating the cases and action will be taken against the accused,” assistant commissioner of police Hawa Singh said.
Gurgaon observes car-free day every Tuesday at Netaji Subhash Marg, Cyber City, Golf Course Road and Electronic City in Udyog Vihar. The initiative aims to decongest the city’s road network by promoting non-motorised and public modes of transport.
Similarly, Raahgiri Day is observed every Sunday on the Park Plaza to Galleria Market loop. The initiative promotes non-motorised transport and pedestrian safety.
Despite such initiatives, this is the third case of rash driving in the last one week wherein a pedestrian has died in Gurgaon. Last week, a speeding luxury car ran over a man near Sohna Road, killing him on the spot. The man was on his way to meet his ailing daughter at a hospital, when the brand new car, with a temporary number plate, hit him.