Hyderabad: Brother's help turns fatal for younger sisters

The other two were seriously injured in the mishap and hospitalised.

HYDERBAD: An 18-year-old Intermediate student’s attempt to drop his two younger sisters at school on Monday morning ended in tragedy in the run-up to the X-Mas vacation, as the scooter they were riding met with an accident in Dammaiguda, also involving an RTC bus which ran over and killed one of the girls. The other two were seriously injured in the mishap and hospitalised.

While scooterist Naveen’s elder sister Kavitha Akhila, 16, died on the spot after being run over by the bus, he and his younger sister Victoria, 14, were seriously injured and hospitalised.

Police said the family of P. Koteshwara Rao and P. Yesamma, of Prakasam district in AP, lived in Dammaiguda for the past 18 years. On Monday, when the two sisters were getting late for school — they studied at the Government High School in Nagaram — Naveen offered to drop them on his dad’s scooter.

Siblings taken to Gandhi Hospital
While passing through Dharmakanta on the Dammaiguda main road, Naveen tried to overtake an RTC bus. Another RTC bus (AP 11Z 7183) from Kushaiguda depot was coming from the opposite direction. Naveen lost control of his scooter and skidded.

The three siblings were knocked off the scooter and fell on to the road. Naveen and Victoria were thrown some distance away. Akhila fell at the spot and was run over by the bus, said Jawaharnagar SI Uday Bhaskar.

The three were rushed to a hospital. Akhila had a serious head injury and multiple fractures, and could not be saved. Her brother and sister were later shifted to Gandhi Hospital. Naveen has a fracture on his ribs and other injuries. Victoria was injured on her forehead and her condition is critical. Police has registered a case of “causing death and injuries through negligent driving.” Investigations are on.

Naveen doesn’t know his sister Akhila died
Naveen who is critical is not aware of his sister Akhila’s death. His parents are afraid to convey the news to him. Meanwhile, his other sister Victoria is unconscious. The family, which was planning to do Christmas shopping after two days, is now devastated.

Usually Naveen’s father Koteshwar Rao, a painter, drops both the children at school, but on Monday he was busy, and the girls were getting late for school. Naveen, who was at home, offered to drop his sisters. Koteshwar allowed him to go. “We thought he will return soon, but something else was destined,” he said.

As he waited in silence to receive his daughter Akhila’s body his wife Yesamma collapsed. “My son wants to see both his sisters. I am not able to tell him that his sister is no more,” said Yesamma.

She added the family was planning to celebrate Christmas and invite relatives. “Now my daughter is dead and my two other children are fighting for life. As everyone celebrates Christmas I will have to cry,” she said. Naveen is now in the emergency ward. “He thinks Akhila is in another ward. He is guilty as his sisters came to harm because of him,” friends said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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