Drag race ends in pedestrian’s death

Bike racing in Hyderabad has claimed another life, this time of a pedestrian. The incident happened late Saturday night, when the victim was crossing the road at Banjara Hills.

HYDERABAD: Bike racing in Hyderabad has claimed another life, this time of a pedestrian. The incident happened late Saturday night, when the victim was crossing the road at Banjara Hills. While the pedestrian was killed instantly, the youngster who was riding the bike suffered serious injuries.

The victim was identified as Gopal (65), a resident of Sanathnagar, who was working as a watchman in a company at Banjara Hills. At around 11.30pm on Saturday, when Gopal was crossing the road at Cinemax on Banjara Hills Road No 2, a speeding bike heading towards Punjagutta road struck him. Gopal was flung into the air and fell 20 feet away. The bike rider was also flung into the air and fell on the road. The victim suffered injuries to his head and died on the spot, while the bike rider, identified as Nadeem, suffered multiple injuries. Locals alerted the police, who took Nadeem to Gandhi Hospital for treatment.

Banjara Hills SI G Vinod Kumar said Nadeem was a mechanic who lived in Karkhana. Nadeem and his friends were drag racing when the accident occurred. “The accused was not driving a high-end bike. It was a Yamaha make Rx 100 bike. The driver was not drunk. Nadeem’s rash and negligent driving resulted in death of the sexagenarian,”said SI Vinod. Vinod said based on the complaint lodged by Gopal’s son, a case had been booked against Nadeem for causing death due to negligence. We are also probing the racing angle, he said.

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