A fatal cocktail of speed biking, fog and riding without helmets killed three young men on a motorcycle on the Bypass early on Wednesday.
A patrol from Survey Park police station spotted the trio and their bike lying scattered on the Baghajatin flyover off Hiland Park around 5.20am.
The police said it could be a hit and run. They suspect that a four-wheeler might have hit the bike and sped away, leaving Asish Dey, 24, Sanjay Chakraborty, 23, and Chottu Das, 21, of Saradapally near Garia station to die on the road.
An officer said the police team recovered only one helmet from the site, which suggested two riders were travelling without protective headgear. “Poor visibility because of morning fog and speeding on an empty flyover turned fatal.”
“Our team found one of the bikers pinned under the bike while the other two were on their backs… flung a few yards away. We found a helmet a few metres away. The bike was speeding towards the Ruby crossing. The nature of the accident suggests they got hit from behind. A lookout notice has been issued for the vehicle,” the officer said.
Dey was a hawker, Das was unemployed while Chakr-aborty used to work at a gold jewellery shop in Baghajatin. The trio had left home early on Wednesday for the Dakshineswar temple.
“There were two pillions on one bike and only one of the riders was wearing a helmet. Had they taken adequate precautions and followed the traffic laws, they would not have died,” a traffic officer said.
The accident came at a time the Calcutta police campaign — Responsible Riders, organised in association with The Telegraph and 91.9 Friends FM — was being held every Saturday to raise awareness on safe biking.
A group of 50 bikers, selected through an application process, drive in a file on designated routes in the city after taking a collective pledge to adhere to the road-safety guidelines. This weekend ride has seen bikers from every background flocking to it.
“We need participation from all corners of the city to avoid accidents like the one that took three lives this morning,” said an officer, citing the pledge.