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Truck kills student in morning hit-and-run

Ranchi, Dec. 14: A Class X student, who used to double up as a newspaper hawker to support his family, was killed in yet another hit-and-run incident in Sukhdeonagar early today, underscoring the need for better policing in the morning hours when heavy vehicles ply in the city.

Vivek Pandey, a resident of Sarda Battery Lane who used to study at Lord First Academy, was on his way to Lah Kothi Road on his bicycle to distribute newspapers when a speeding truck hit him from behind on Ratu Road, around 1km from his residence, around 5am. As the 17-year-old fell on the road, the vehicle went over him, crushing his head.

The killer truck, which fled, is yet to be identified. A few morning walkers said they only saw the rear portion of the truck as it sped towards Piska More after the accident.

The accident spot is barely a kilometre from the place where a 45-year-old woman labourer was mowed down by a bus yesterday morning.

Gorakh Nath Singh, a hawker who knows the Pandey family and was present at Vivek’s cremation at Harmu, said that the deceased was the eldest among the two sons of Tarkeshwar Pandey, who sells newspapers. “Vivek used to help his father by dropping newspapers at houses every morning,” he added.

Sukhdeonagar OC Randhir Kumar Singh said a case had been registered.

Asked about the frequent mishaps in early morning hours, SP (traffic) Rajeev Ranjan said: “The main reason behind most accidents is high speed. We will soon write to the road construction department to fix speed limits for every road within the city,” he said.

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