Hyderabad: A six-year-old boy was killed on Friday when the van of his own school hit him while he was entering the school premises in Jeedimetla.
Jashwanth Reddy, a UKG student of Vignan Sudha Talent School, died on the spot. On Friday around 8.30 am, Jashwanth’s father Mr Ramreddy, an employee of Aurobindo Pharma, dropped him at the school gate. The boy was walking inside when the school van (AP 28TA 3437) entered the campus.
“Driver Srisailam did not notice the child walking and the front left part of the van hit him, causing a severe head injury. The school staff rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said Jeedimetla inspector A. Chandrashekar said. Police said that there was an ayah in the van at the time of the accident but she too did not notice the child.
Parents blame the school
Jashwanth’s family members accused the school of negligence. “If they were careful about the movement of the school van inside the campus, my son would have been alive,” said Mr Ramreddy, a native of Ongole in AP, who has been living in Hyderabad for the past eight years.
Driver Srisailam, who has been working with the school for more than three years has a valid heavy vehicle driver’s licence and the van also has a fitness certificate and all relevant documents.
Education department officials started an inquiry into the incident. “We are probing whether it was negligence on part of the school management,” an official said. An accidental death case was registered against the driver....