Continuing with the chain of fatal mishaps in the state, two persons including a 17-year-old girl who was a pillion rider of a motorcycle and a 38-year-old man who was the rider of a scooter were killed on the spot in two different accidents which was reported on the Verna-Pirni highway (NH17) on Wednesday.
As per available information from Verna police, in the first accident reported at around 7.30 am near the Senaulim junction, a scooterist Salman Ahmed (38), a resident of Matol Verna died on the spot.
The accident was reported when the deceased was heading towards Margao from Verna by a Hero Pleasure scooter. He collided head-on with a Volvo bus belonging to Orange Tours and Travels which was coming from the opposite direction.
The police disclosed that the scooterist was rushed to the Hospicio Hospital at Margao, but was pronounced dead on admission. The deceased is said to be a contractor by profession. Head constable Nevil Fernandes conducted the panchanama.
The Verna police have registered an offence against the driver of the bus for driving the vehicle in a rash and negligent manner, under section 279, 304 (A) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) who is reported to be absconding after abandoning the vehicle.
Police sub-inspector Raghoba Kamat is investigating the case, under the supervision of PI Uday Parab.
In the second accident which was reported at around 3 pm, a 17-year-old girl Aishwarya Salelkar, a resident of Colva, died on the spot, while her father is said to be in a critical state after both of them were hit by a speeding domestic cylinder laden truck when they were heading towards their residence from Panaji on a Pulsar motorcycle.
As per available information from Verna police, the accident was reported when the deceased Aishwarya and her father Pradip Salelkar were heading towards their residence from Panaji on their Pulsar motorcycle.
However when they were about to reach the Senaulim junction, a speeding truck containing domestic cylinders rammed into the Pulsar motorcycle .
The impact was such that the pillion rider Aishwarya and her father were swung onto the road. Aishwarya who sustained grievous head injuries died on the spot, while her father was immediately rushed to the Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital at Bambolim and is said to be in a critical condition.
The Verna police conducted the panchanama of the accident and have booked the driver of the truck for driving the vehicle in a rash and negligent manner and also for causing the death of a pillion rider and injuring the rider of the Pulsar motorcycle.
Although the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has directed the police and the traffic cell authorities to take stringent action against speeding vehicles to bring the accidents under control, it may have not created any impact in stopping the accidents on the highways.