A 22-year-old woman was run over by a truck after she fell down from her vehicle while trying to avoid a pothole in Chennai on Tuesday.
The victim, Shobhana, was working as an engineer with Zoho, a private tech company. Shobhana was reportedly on her way to drop her brother, Harish, off at an institution for his NEET coaching classes. The brother also suffered injuries from the accident but is alive and being treated.
According to the police, Shobhana was riding along the service road in Maduravoyal when her vehicle hit a pothole. Shobana and her brother fell to the ground before being run over by a truck.
"A truck which was coming right behind them ran over the woman, killing her on the spot. The boy escaped with injuries," said Poonamalli Police officials said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
Neither Shobhana nor her brother was wearing a helmet, the police said. The driver, identified as Mohan, was arrested after he had fled from the scene of the accident.
"None of them were wearing helmets. The truck driver, Mohan arrested on charges of rash driving and causing death by negligence. Civic authorities repaired the damaged portions of the road," the Poonamallee Police said in a statement.
"Her brother is undergoing treatment at a private hospital," the police added.
Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, took to social media to offer his condolences and blamed bad roads for Shobhana's death.
"One of our engineers, Ms. Shobana died tragically when her scooter skidded in the heavily potholed roads near Maduravoyal in Chennai. She was taking her younger brother to school. Our bad roads have caused a tragic loss to her family and Zoho," Mr Vembu wrote on Twitter.
One of our engineers, Ms. Shobana died tragically when her scooter skidded in the heavily potholed roads near Maduravoyal in Chennai. She was taking her younger brother to school.— Sridhar Vembu (@svembu) January 3, 2023
Our bad roads have caused a
tragic loss to her family and Zoho. https://t.co/8XAycPhIskpic.twitter.com/JlX5roD6DS
Shobhana's body was recovered by the police and sent for post-mortem.
According to the police, following Shobhana's death, Chennai civic authorities repaired the damaged portions of the road.