A speeding bus ran over a 23-year-old woman on Monday morning while she was crossing Prince Anwar Shah Road near Aurobindo Seva Kendra hospital ignoring the green light for vehicles.
Residents blocked the road for 10 minutes after the incident that occurred around 7.45am and tried to damage the bus that, they claimed, was racing to overtake another vehicle. The crowd dispersed after officers from Lake police station arrived.
Nandita Mondal’s death once again brought to the fore the hazards of jaywalking on busy roads.
She was taken to Aurobindo Seva Kendra, barely a few metres away from the spot, where a doctor declared her dead. “The woman was rushing across the road when a South City-bound bus (route 234) was overtaking another bus from the right. We have learnt that she was crossing the road when the green light was on for traffic,” a police officer said.
The police said Mondal of Sonarpur had come to Aurobindo Seva Kendra with a relative for a check-up at the OPD. Since they had reached early, she went out alone to fetch a bottle of water from a shop across the road.
An officer quoting eyewitnesses said she was half way down the road when she saw a bus overtaking another bus. “She had tried to retreat but was too late. The bus hit her and she fell down. The next moment the bus crushed her under its wheels before it screeched to a halt a few metres away,” the officer said.
The driver and the conductor fled before the crowd gathered. The woman lay on the road for close to 10 minutes until the police took her to Aurobindo Seva Kendra. “She was dead before she was brought here,” said a hospital official.
In June, a woman and her nine-year-old daughter were hit on Prince Anwar Shah Road exactly the same way while crossing the road when the green light for vehicles was on. The girl survived but her mother died a day after the accident.