Lax traffic policing snuffed out another young life on the revamped Adityapur-Kandra Road on Friday morning.
The still unidentified man in his early thirties was the third victim ever since the artery was widened into four lanes and opened to heavy vehicles two months ago.
Of what police gathered from local residents, the youth was crossing the road near Gamharia circle office around 7am, when a speeding truck knocked him down.
He lay writhing in pain for some 15 minutes before police rushed him to MGM Medical College and Hospital, a half-an-hour drive from the accident site. Doctors, however, declared him brought dead around 7.45am.
Sources said the truck, which was coming from the Adityapur end, had sped away towards Kandra. Police are yet to track down the vehicle.
Gamharia OC Mani Bhushan Prasad confirmed the fatal accident. He said the victim had sustained injuries in the head and chest.
“We are trying to locate the truck and its driver. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” he added.
Local residents claimed the widened road had become a mishap magnet because there was no police leash on speed demons.
Two persons died on the same road in separate accidents in November and December. While one was mowed down by a dumper near Beco More, the other — a biker — was hit by a mini-truck near Kandra in the Gamharia police station area.
Adityapur resident Sanjay Chowrasia pointed out that no traffic constable was posted along an inviting 9km stretch of the road between RIT More and Kandra. Result: reckless driving and bloodspill.
“Earlier, we were apprehensive of accidents because the road was riddled with potholes. Now, it is too smooth — and unmanned — for comfort. Heavy vehicles ply at break-neck speed. I fear for my life and that of others,” Chowrasia, who rides a two-wheeler to his workplace in Gamharia, said.
“Had there been a single traffic policeman on the stretch, fatal mishaps could have been averted,” he added.