The number of road deaths in Ponda taluka has seen a rise with 32 persons losing their lives in last ten months, compared to 29 deaths last year during this period. As per information gathered from Ponda police, the rate of fatal road accidents this year has risen by 12 per cent. In yet another fatal accident, a 21-year-old youth died on the spot as he hit his 220 Pulsar motorbike against the oncoming truck at a sharp turn at Apewal-Priol, Goa, on Saturday evening. Read full repair here.
The deceased has been identified as Avinash Gaude (21), a resident of Pisgal-Curti and the two injured as Saish Gaude (18), a resident of Kelbai-Curti and Yogesh Gaude (20), a resident of Pisgal Curti. Two pillion riders, who were seriously injured in the accident, are battling for life at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim-Goa.
According to the police, Avinash Gaude, along with his two friends, was moving on sports motorbike towards Apewal from Curti and as they reached the sharp turn just before the Apewal bus stop, their motorbike hit the oncoming truck, killing the rider on the spot.
The two pillion riders sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Sub-District Hospital first and later shifted to the GMC hospital, Bambolim. According to the police, the truck was way aside on the left side of the road and the motorbike hit it after entering the wrong side. The police feel over-speeding could be cause of the accident. The body of the deceased has been shifted to Ponda sub- district hospital morgue.
In the last 10 months from January to October, altogether 362 road accidents were registered at Ponda police station of which 31 were major, 37 serious, 11 slight and 284 minor. In these 362 road accidents, 32 people lost their lives, 54 sustained grievous injuries and 35 minor injuries.
The police information further reveals that altogether 587 vehicles were involved in 362 accidents in Ponda during last ten months of which 272 were two-wheelers, 161 cars, 55 trucks, 22 jeeps, 20 buses, 12 pick-ups, 3 three-wheelers and 11 others.
According to a source, Ponda PI Sudhesh Naik said that over speeding, rash driving, rule violations and riding without helmet are the main factors for fatal accidents. “There is a craze for sports bikes among today’s youngsters and then they ride at high speeds without thinking much about the consequences. To bring in driving discipline, safe driving should be part of school curriculum,” he said.