A 40-year-old woman died in Bangalore after a truck allegedly hit the motorbike she was driving the passenger on to Magadi Main Road on Sunday morning. While locals blamed the crash on potholes and poor road conditions, cops said the woman was wearing an inferior helmet.
The deceased, Sharmila Prakash, resided in Pattegarapalya in West Bengaluru and worked as a teacher in a private school. The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. when she was traveling with her husband on his motorbike to a relative’s house. As they approached the bus stop at Anjanapura, the truck reportedly hit the motorbike from behind and Sharmila was crushed under its wheels while Prakash fell on the other side.
Police say Sharmila was wearing a shoddy helmet when the incident happened. Truck driver Mahesha (38) was arrested for causing death through negligence. Sharmila’s son, Prajwal P, filed a complaint.
According to the truck driver, the truck did not hit the motorcycle but the two-wheeler lost its balance trying to avoid a pothole and Sharmila fell near the wheel of the truck, but he did not was unable to control the vehicle at the last moment. time, police said.
An investigation is ongoing and civic agencies will be booked if negligence is found, a police official said.
A senior police officer said the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) dug roads to lay pipes and they were supposed to complete the works and relay the road with the help of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike ( BBMP).