A speeding car hit a person crossing the road and travelled for three kilometres with his body on its roof before it was stopped by locals at Jadecherla in Mahbubnagar district on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway on Monday night.
According to Jadcherla sub-inspector of police Madhusudhan Goud, 35-year-old Srinivasulu, a labourer from Nimmagaddabavi village, was crossing the road near the new bus stand at around 10 pm, when a speeding Chevrolet car with registration number AP-28CK-8477 coming from Kurnool hit him.
The impact of the accident was so intense that the man was flung into the air and landed on the roof of the car. However, instead of stopping the car, the driver tried to escape by increasing the speed, not realising that the body was lying on the roof of the vehicle.
“A couple of local youth who were passing by on their motorbike alerted the police of the highway patrolling squad and chased the car for about three kilometres. They managed to bring the car to a halt at Macharam village on the highway,” Goud told HT. “Even before the locals approached the vehicle, the driver fled the spot (on foot) and disappeared in the darkness.”
He said the car belonged to Rajasekhar Reddy, the owner of a biometric equipment manufacturing unit in Hyderabad’s Kukatpally, and was registered in the name of his wife, Chandrakala.
“We are yet to find out whether the car was being driven by Rajasekhar himself or somebody else,” Goud said.
The victim’s body was taken to the Jadcherla hospital for autopsy.
This is the second such incident in Telangana this year. On January 2, a 62-year-old farmer from Nalgonda district, Venkat Reddy, was hit by a speeding Maruti Swift car belonging to a wristwatch dealer, 25-year-old Md Raheem Khan, at Narketpally on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway.
Here too the victim’s body landed on the roof of the car, but Khan continued to drive for over 20 km, before being caught by police.