Beltangady: Hitesh Shetty (21), son of Rakesh Shetty of Ungilabail near Aladangady in the taluk, died in a road mishap on Monday morning.
He was a student of II BA in a college here. When he was riding his bike with his friend Santosh in pillion, a car arriving from Karkala towards Beltangady collided head-on with it.
Hitesh and Santosh were critically injured. Both were rushed to a hospital here. Hitesh is said to have died on the way, while Santosh is being treated.
On hearing the news, a huge number of students arrived at the hospital. A few of his close friends, when viewing his body, are said to have fainted in the hospital compound. They too were treated there.
The mishap has a tragic background. Rakesh Shetty and his wife had a son and a daughter. The latter had died while crossing the road, after being hit by a vehicle a few years ago. Now they have lost their son as well.