Bengaluru: Four students, who were riding with the 18-year-old K. Shiny Kiran, chose to flee the spot instead of helping their friend after she was run over by a van on the busy Old Madras Road near K.R. Puram on Thursday evening, an eyewitness told DC.
Five students, including two girls – one of them Shiny, were riding three bikes, performing wheelies and racing on the busy Old Madras Road near K.R. Puram on Thursday evening when Shiny, who was on the pillion, fell off her bike and was run over by a van, killing her on the spot with fatal head injuries.
But the four other students, including the rider, abandoned the victim and sped away from the spot, eyewitness and complainant M. Muniraju, an autorickshaw driver, told DC. The van stopped at the spot, but the driver too abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot, he said.
“I was driving my auto on Nagarapalya Road and saw the three bikes performing wheelies and racing with girls sitting behind. I passed by them and stopped before the Gopalan Mall when I saw a big crowd gathered at the spot where they were doing the stunts. I rushed and found the girl with fatal head injuries. I recognised her by her clothes as she was sitting behind one of the bikes,” said Muniraju.
“Two men who were riding a Pulsar bike that was closely following the van stopped and tried to help the victim. Two women from RMZ Infinity also rushed to the help of victim covered her body with clothes. There was a bag and an ID card in the victim’s pocket and I tried to call the college number several times, but there was no response. By then the police arrived at the spot and shifted the girl’s body to a hospital,” said Muniraju. All those who witnessed the accident and helped the victim did not want to get caught in police legalities and left the spot as soon as the police arrived.
Shocked Shiny’s parents did not know why their daughter was on Old Madras Road when her college is in Koramangala and her house is in Ulsoor, an investigating officer said. The postmortem was conducted on Friday morning and the body was handed over to her family members.
As no CCTV footage is available from the accident spot, the Indiranagar traffic police are ascertaining the call detail records of Shiny to find out who she was going with on the bike and why and where she was heading to. The cops are also analyzing CCTV footage from the previous junctions to get the registration numbers of the bikes. “We suspect the bike rider is also a student from RJS College and we are in touch with college authorities to ascertain his identity,” an investigating officer said.