KASARGOD: On the morning of March 25, birthday girl Maria wore the new salwar kameez gifted by her parents Saji and Bindu of Parappa to go to church for the Sunday service. The small family took the motorcycle, and Maria sat between her parents.On the way to the church in Birikkullam, Maria’s flailing scarf got entangled in the rear wheel and she was flung off the motorcycle and she died on the spot. The Class VI girl would have turned 12 years the next day.
In the evening the same day, generator mechanic Narayanan, 75, of Kasargod town died in hospital. He was in intensive care after being knocked down by a motorcycle on Thursday (March 22).
The deaths of Maria and Narayanan took the toll of road accident victims in Kasargod in 2018 to 27, according to officials. That is one life is lost to the killer roads every three days.
The officials have identified 36 accident-prone zones in Kasargod district, but nothing particular has been done to keep the speeding vehicles in check. Most of the 27 deaths happened on the coastal highway - built under the KSTP - between Kanhangad and Kasargod, and on the national highway. Residents say there are no cameras on the KSTP road to deter speedsters.The year started with the death of a teacher in Madikai, where his motorcycle skidded off the road. He died on the spot. In the night of December 31, the police signalled a youngster on a motorcycle to stop. When he stopped, a car from behind crashed into the vehicle, killing the youth on the spot.