A pillion rider died on Monday night after an Ola cab driver allegedly lost control of his speeding vehicle and collided head-on with a motorcycle on Amherst Street. The man riding the bike and another pillion rider sustained serious injuries. None of the three were wearing helmets. The cab driver is absconding. The accident took place around midnight at the intersection point of APC Road and Sukhiya Street.
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According to the police, the cab (WB 05 1333) was approaching from the Sealdah flyover and heading towards Shyambazar at high speed when it collided with the motorcycle, which was coming from the opposite direction.
“The Ola car involved in the accident has been seized, the driver fled,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Supratim Sarkar.
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Arindam Pathak (31), resident of Machubazar, was rushed to the hospital with a severe head injury, and was declared brought dead. Dipankar Das (30), who was riding the bike, and Aninda Shankar Majumdar (41), another pillion rider, are undergoing treatment at the Medical College and Hospital.
Police officials said all three bike riders were not wearing helmets.
“This would not have been a fatal incident had they worn their helmets. We have been campaigning since long to make people understand how important it is to follow road safety rules. These accidents are unfortunate and can be avoided,” said an officer.
Despite repeated attempts to contact them, Ola representatives remained unavailable for comment.