Two pedestrians, both guest workers from Bihar, died after they were hit by an unidentified vehicle near Malumichampatty near Coimbatore on Sunday night.
The police identified the deceased as R. Awdeshkumar (24) and S. Nithishkumar, natives of Purnia district in Bihar, who were working in a footwear company at Seerapalayam village near Malumichampatty.
According to the police, the accident took place around 8.30 p.m. on the service road of Malumichampatty – Othakalmandapam road when the two men and their friends were returning to their quarters on foot after purchasing groceries from Malumichampatty.
As they were nearing a Tangedco office, a white car hit them. The person who drove the car sped away without stopping the vehicle, the police said.
Awdeshkumar and Nithishkumar suffered serious injuries and they were rushed to a private hospital in the area. They were later referred to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. However, the two died before reaching the hospital, said the police.
The Chettipalayam police registered a case against the driver of the unknown vehicle for offences under Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The police collected visuals from surveillance cameras in the locality to trace the car and its driver. Further investigation is on.