VELLORE: A two-year-old girl died after allegedly being hit by a school van near Arakkonam on Saturday. The deceased girl identified as Divya is the daughter of S Suresh of Chinnamosur village and Tenniswari. The school van, driven by S Sayed Anwar, involved in the accident was transporting students of the Vimal Matriculation Higher Secondary School.
Police sources said Divya who was playing in front of her house on Pillaiyar Koil Street, suddenly ran onto the road and the driver who was returning after dropping some children could not brake the vehicle, leading to the accident. The girl who had no visible injuries was rushed to the government hospital in Arakkonam but doctors there declared her dead on arrival.
Later, around 7.45 pm, the driver of the school van surrendered at Tiruvalankadu Police Station. He was asked to leave after a preliminary interrogation. Sayed Anwar was booked for causing death by negligence and rash driving. However, quoting eyewitness statement, the police said there was no mistake from the part of the driver.
“As there were no injuries on the body, the child could have died after suffering a shock. We are waiting for the autopsy report,” said Nagarajan, Arakkonam Town Police inspector.