Crashing tree kills youth; fiancee is critical

The two were engaged a couple of months ago and were on their way to look for a suitable church for their upcoming wedding.

Published: 17th September 2013 11:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2013 11:32 AM   |  A+A-

In a tragic incident, an engineering graduate from Visakhapatnam met with an accident at Hyderabad on Monday, and died on his way to the hospital, while his fiancee is critically injured and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Rohith Panabakam (27), was an engineering graduate from Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering.

His fiancee Ritika Kernan (27), who was injured, is a resident of Sainikpuri in Secunderabad.

According to sources, Rohith and Ritika were in love, and got engaged a couple of months ago.

They were to be married on November 28. On Monday, the duo headed out on a two-wheeler to look for a suitable church for their upcoming wedding, within the police limits of Petbasheerabad.

The exciting trip turned tragic after a tree, uprooted by fierce gales, crashed on them without warning near the Mahindra Showroom, grievously injuring them both.

Sources said that the couple had lost consciousness and had lain there for sometime as passers-by who rushed to their rescue could not lift the heavy branches of the tree. People on the spot who recovered the couple’s mobile phones could not call anyone as both their phones were locked.

The police were only able to contact with the family and friends of the couple after the local pastor called up on Rohith’s mobile and was answered by the police.

Rohith succumbed to his head injuries and died in the ambulance, on the way to the hospital, while Ritika has been shifted to a private hospital where her healthcondition is said to be critical.

A native of Visakhapatnam, Rohith moved to Hyderabad a few years ago and worked as a freelance event manager for a while.

The young man was looking forward to becoming a junior pastor in a church in the near future. His fiancee Ritika Kernan, a former Deloitte employee, hails from Hyderabad.

Petbasheerabad inspector B Johnayya said that a case has been registered and the body has been sent to hospital for postmortem examination.

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