Manjunath S. Vakil (45), a correspondent for the Kannada daily Samyukta Karnataka, was killed in an accident near Sonna Cross in Jewargi taluk on the Jewargi-Bijapur national highway on Thursday.

Mr. Manjunath leaves his wife and two children.

The police said that Mr. Manjunath, who was returning from his farm with his friend Poojari on his two-wheeler, hit a tractor after being blinded by the headlight of an oncoming lorry. Mr. Manjunath died on the way to hospital.

The condition of Mr. Poojari is stated to be serious.