Elderly man knocked down on Bypass
Science City: A 60-year-old man was fatally hit by a motorbike on Sunday morning while trying to sprint across the Bypass opposite PC Chandra Gardens, where a row of guardrails separates the two flanks of the road.
The incident occurred around 10.30am when Bibhuti Ojha, who lives nearby, was spotted going from the Science City end towards the opposite side a few metres from the slope of Ambedkar Bridge.
"Guardrails have been placed between the two flanks on this portion of the road to prevent jaywalking. There is little a motorist can do if someone appears in front of a vehicle at such a spot," said an officer at Pragati Maidan police station, which is investigating the case.
Ojha, who was employed with a catering service, died before he could be treated at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital.
Rwichik Patitundi, who was riding the motorbike, and pillion rider Sawli Kanjilal, both students of Techno India College of Technology in New Town, were injured in the accident.
The police have arrested Rwichik and booked him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (driving on a public way so rashly or negligently so as to endanger human life), 337 (causing hurt by an act which endangers human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt to endanger life).
The maximum punishment for a conviction is two years' imprisonment.
Police statistics show that more than half the fatalities in road accidents in Calcutta are pedestrians.
In most of these cases, jaywalking is to blame for loss of life.
Metro had highlighted some of the reasons for jaywalking in a report headlined "Why Calcutta jaywalks", published on February 14.
The police are installing boom barriers synced with traffic signals at various intersections to keep pedestrians from jaywalking.