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Hit’n’run kills bike-loving female techie riding to work on new Yamaha racer

Pratibha Tambe, an employee of Wipro, was on her way to office when an unidentified vehicle crashed into her at the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi, killing her

pune Updated: Sep 01, 2017 12:05 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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According to police officials, Pratibha, a resident of Thergaon, fell off her sports bike after she was hit on the busy road near Vedant market.(HT Photo)

Amateur biker Pratibha Tambe had recently bought a new motorbike on which she travelled to office. On Thursday, the 27-year-old techie lost her life after her two-wheeler was hit by another vehicle at Lakshmi chowk near Hinjewadi.

Pratibha’s father says the family had begun searching for a groom for the young lady (HT Photo)

According to police officials, Pratibha, a resident of Thergaon, fell off her sports bike after she was hit on the busy road near Vedant market. Tambe, an employee of Wipro, was on her way to office at the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi.

“Tambe was driving a Yamaha motorcycle. She sustained head injuries even as she was wearing a helmet,” said Police sub-inspector D Nikam from Hinjewadi police station.

Such was the impact of the crash that Pratibha died instantly and the driver of the unknown vehicle fled the spot, police said.

According to Pratibha’s brother, Tambe used to drive various motorbikes because of her love for racing bikes. ”While driving, Pratibha was very careful about her safety,” said Mahesh, adding his didi was always keen on wearing a helmet. During the accident, she was wearing a helmet although police officials could not explain how she sustained head injuries.

Pratibha Tambe was an enthusiastic motorsports afficinado. (HT Photo)

Victim’s father Mohan Tambe, who works with a paper mill in the city, said ,“Pratibha had completed her diploma in computer engineering from Pimpri-Chinchwad Engineering college and a degree from the Nutan College of Engineering. “We had started searching for a groom for her, but now all efforts are in waste.I lost my caring girl,” said an inconsolable father.

A police official said, “There are no CCTV cameras at the spot which could have helped us track the vehicle that hit Pratibha’s motorbike.”

Pratibha’s colleague, Vidya Anuse said, “Pratibha was not only my colleague but was best friend.We shared everything in our life . As I got the news I was totally shocked.”

According to Anuse she and Pratibha used to take same route for office. “Today I chose to come by another route. Had I been with her, I could have perhaps saved my friend.”

Officials said an FIR has been filed against the unidentified driver of the other vehicle.

First Published: Aug 31, 2017 17:13 IST