An old picture of Rita Roy
A mother and her son on a bike were crushed under the wheels of a truck on Kona Expressway early on Sunday, once again highlighting the perils of travelling down the artery that witnesses accidents with a frightening frequency.
Rita Roy, the principal of Bijoykrishna Girls’ College in Howrah, was on her way to her driving classes riding pillion on son Soumyadeb’s two-wheeler when the truck hit them from behind about 500 metres from the toll plaza of Vidyasagar Setu around 6.30am.
Relatives said the woman had planned to buy a car during Puja and would attend driving classes every Saturday and Sunday.
“The Mandirtala residents were on their way to the driving school in Brindaban Mullick Lane when the accident occurred at Sheikhpara. The victims and the truck both were travelling towards Calcutta. Rita, 45, and Soumyadeb, 20, were flung off the bike and run over by the trucks. Soumyadeb died on the spot, while the lady passed away soon after being admitted to SSKM Hospital,” said an officer. “We are looking for the truck driver.”
Rita joined Bijoykrishna Girls’ College as principal on September 14. Before that she used to teach physics at a college in Kharagpur.
Soumyadeb was a final-year student at a private engineering college in Liluah, Howrah. His father Sushanta is a doctor and sister Sudeshna is a Class IX student at Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School.
“She (Rita) was excited about buying a car during Puja. She was looking forward to driving it. Every Saturday and Sunday, her son would take her to the driving school on his bike,” said Rajasree Roy, a relative of the victims.
Accidents on Kona Expressway are frequent, mostly because of reckless driving and scant regard for traffic rules. The culprits on most occasions are large trucks that lose control because of speeding.
“The trucks often make sudden turns in violation of rules, increasing chances of accidents. To make matters worse, they often overload,” said a police officer.
A loaded 13-wheeler truck had rammed into a house in Baksara, on Kona Expressway, around 2.30am on September 16. The trailer was speeding when the driver lost control, jumped flanks and crashed into Durgadas Banerjee’s house.
Banerjee, and his wife and daughter were woken up from sleep by the sound of the crash only to see a giant goods carrier in the drawing-cum-dining space of their house.
Six students of Don Bosco, Park Circus, were injured after a gas tanker that had jumped the lights hit a Tata Sumo ferrying children beyond its capacity on August 28.
The car ferrying home 10 students from school was taking a right turn after dropping a kid at the Baksara crossing when the tanker rammed into it from behind.
Under the impact, the car spun around and crashed into a traffic stand in the middle of the road.