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Pune’s deadly pothole claims businessman’s life

This is third incident involving two-wheeler riders who lost their lives due to potholes this monsoon.

pune Updated: Aug 31, 2018 16:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The spot on the road from Giridhar Bhavan chowk to Suyog centre in Market Yard, where two-wheeler rider Sandeep Shah slipped and fell. He died when a truck ran over him after his fall due to the pothole and gravel present on the spot.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

A businessman riding a two-wheeler died after he fell down while navigating a pothole on the road from Giridhar Bhavan chowk to Suyog centre in Market Yard and was a run over by a speeding truck late on Wednesday evening.

This is third incident involving two-wheeler riders who lost their lives due to potholes this monsoon, triggering criticism about the growing number potholes in the city and the civic body’s apathy towards the issue.

According to the police, the victim was trying to make his way through potholes and gravel on the road on Wednesday at 10.30 pm, when he met with the accident and came under the rear wheels of a speeding Eicher truck and died. According to the police, the deceased identified as Sandeep Vasantlal Shah (47), was a resident of Ganga Dham residential Society (Phase I) in Market Yard and was riding alone at the time of the accident.

Investigation official A Patil said that the deceased closed his shop in Ravivar peth and was driving home when he lost control of the bike due to the potholes and gravel and fell down. He was bleeding profusely and sustained serious head injuries and died. The deceased was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, police said.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested the driver identified as Sanjay Yashwant Bagal (43), a resident of Khatav in Satara, on charges of rash and negligent driving and also under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA). The police maintained that Bagal indulged in rash and negligent driving which led to Shah’s death.

Recently, the city witnessed deaths of two citizens who lost their lives in July due to potholes.

Sushil Maharaj Pandita (39), a software engineer was run over by a truck after he fell while trying to avoid a pothole near the passport office in Mundhwa on July 29.

Zainab Hatyari , a 20-year-old woman from Kondhwa died under similar circumstances after she was run over by a truck when she fell from her scooter which got stuck in a pothole at the Khadi Machine chowk on the Katraj-Phursungi road.

PMC had launched a citizen helpline to fix the problem of potholes on July 18.

The helpline has been receiving 25-30 complaints on an average.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 16:39 IST