An 18-year-old youth was killed when he accidently fell off a mini lorry at about 1.30 a.m. on Saturday while the vehicle was passing between Vavakavu and Puthentheruvu along the National Highway. He was identified as Zakkir Mohammed, a native of Malappuram district.

Zakir was working as a salesman for a footwear company. The lorry which had its luggage portion covered with a tarpaulin hood had its hind portion open. Zakir was fast asleep there. The driver of the lorry who was not aware that Zakir had fallen off the vehicle went ahead.

It was others who came that way noticed him lying in a pool of blood. Through his mobile phone, they contacted the owner of the lorry and informed about the tragedy. By the time the lorry had reached Haripad. Zakir was declared dead-on-arrival at the Karunagapally Taluk Hospital. His body was handed over to relatives after an autopsy at the same hospital. The Karunagapally police have registered a case.