DHARWAD: An 18-month-old boy was run over by a speeding school bus in Hebballi village, Dharwad district on Thursday morning. The incident occurred at around 9.30 am while the victim Pritviraj Kundgol, was playing on the street in front of his house. Pritviraj was rushed to the District Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The eyewitnesses who recognised the driver have revealed his name to be identity. The driver, Suresh is currently absconding.
"It seems that the school bus driver was in hurry as he was late This is not the first time for the driver. In the past, villagers had warned him several times due to his negligence and over speeding," said a family member. Pritviraj was the younger son for Manjula and Karappa.
Speaking to Express, Manjula said: "My son was playing in-front of our house. Suddenly, the bus came and hit him. We ran out to check what happened to my son. When I took my son in hands he was bleeding from the ear.”
The bus driver said to her that nothing had happened to her son. "But when we rushed him to the hospital everything was over," she added.
Family and prominent members of the village have demanded action against the school driver. The bus belonged go Gnana Jyothi School in Dharwad.