Army truck kills scooterist in Cuffe Parade,driver held

A scooterist was killed after he was run over by an Army truck near the Colaba Defence Station,next to the Backbay Depot in Cuffe Parade on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 17, 2012 3:49:39 am

A scooterist was killed after he was run over by an Army truck near the Colaba Defence Station,next to the Backbay Depot in Cuffe Parade on Monday.

According to the police,Ashok Yelappa (38) — a local cable operator — was a resident of Ambedkar Nagar. He was on his way back home after dropping his daughter at school when the accident took place.

The truck driver,Dinesh Kumar,was later arrested and charged under Sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. He will be produced in court on Tuesday.

According to the Cuffe Parade police,Yelappa was on his Honda Activa scooter when the truck rammed into him at 1.25 pm. “He was behind a BEST bus,which came to a halt on the road. Yelappa also applied the brakes,but the truck rammed into his scooter from behind,” said an officer,who did not wish to be named.

Yelappa came under the left tyre of the truck and suffered injuries to his head,spine and back. He was rushed to hospital by eyewitnesses,including some of the Army personnel on the truck. However,he was declared dead on arrival.

Masak Shaikh (21),a local resident,said: “It happened in a flash. I knew him as he worked as a local cable operator and was a very jovial person.”

The driver of the BEST bus said he had applied the brakes as there was another vehicle in front. “I turned towards the road leading to Nariman Point from Cuffe Parade and applied the brakes as there was another vehicle in front. I heard a loud thud and got down assuming someone had rammed into the bus. I saw a two-wheeler under the left tyre of the truck and saw a man lying in a pool of blood,” said Pravin Shinde,the driver.

The police have recorded the statements of Shinde and several persons who witnessed the accident,said an officer.

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