Indian-origin student, 20, dies in Canada after he was dragged by truck: Report

By, New Delhi
Nov 28, 2022 08:49 AM IST

Kartik Saini was a student at Sheridan College, which also has confirmed his death.

A 20-year-old student of Indian-origin is reported to have died after being struck and dragged by a truck in Canada. According to reports, Kartik Saini hailed from Haryana's Karnal and had come to Canada for studies in August last year. A report by news agency PTI said that the police are yet to identify the victim even as the family hopes the body will be sent to India as soon as possible for burial. “The family is hoping that Kartik's body will be sent to India as soon as possible for proper burial,” Parveen Saini, the victim's cousin, was quoted as saying.

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Kartik Saini was a student at Sheridan College, which also has confirmed his death. "Our community is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Kartik. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, peers and professors," the college reportedly said in an email Friday.

The incident reportedly took place at the intersection of Yonge Street and St Clair Avenue on Wednesday when the cyclist was hit and dragged by a pickup truck in midtown, according to police. Saini was given emergency services but was pronounced dead at the scene. The Toronto Police have said the investigation is underway.

"The determination on whether charges are laid or not takes time as the investigators have to conduct a full investigation first," the police spokesperson said, adding, "This takes time and is not a rushed process."

In a previous incident last week, an 18-year-old Indian-origin teenager was stabbed to death at a high school parking lot in Canada's British Columbia province. The victim was identified as Mehakpreet Sethi, who was stabbed at the Tamanawis Secondary School’s parking lot in Surrey by a 17-year-old boy following a fight between the two. The principal of the school had confirmed the fight but said the victim was not a student of the school.

(With PTI inputs)

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