Mangaluru: An elderly man was severely injured while crossing the road in front of the Administrative Block of Wenlock Hospital, Hampankatta here on July 3.
The identity of the injured is not yet known. According to eyewitness who was waiting to cross the road, when the elderly man had crossed the road, Udupi/Manipal Express bus bearing number KA 20 D 1497 traversed the road at a high speed and hit him. As soon as the accident took place, the driver and the conductor of the bus fled from the scene.
The traffic police on duty arrived at the spot and with the help of the locals, shifted the man to the hospital.
People who had gathered at the spot said that there is a need to put road humps here, because vehicles do not allow the pedestrians to cross the roads nor do they follow the traffic rules and often travel at high speeds. “We are afraid to cross the road,” they said.
Eyewitnesses said that the driver’s negligence has caused the accident . “Traffic laws should be strictly implemented since the most of the bus drivers play with the lives of the pedestrians and threaten smaller vehicles on the roads, they think that they own the roads.”
The police have seized the Bus and registered a case.