A 22-year-old woman died in a road accident in Maduravoyal allegedly after she fell on the road from her two-wheeler which skidded because of potholes. She was crushed to death under the wheelers of a tipper lorry coming behind.
Traffic Investigation Wing, Poonamallee, said the victim S. Shobana of Porur was working as a software engineer in Zoho in Guduvanchery. On Tuesday morning, she was driving her two-wheeler with her brother Harish, a Class 8 student, on pillion to his school in Mogappair.
According to the police, she lost her control over the vehicle after hitting a pothole and both fell from the two-wheeler on the Nolambur service road, which is maintained by the NHAI. Before they could get up, a tipper lorry, which came behind, ran over them. While Harish suffered serious injuries, Shobana died on the spot. Her body was taken to a hospital for post-mortem and her brother admitted for treatment.
Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu tweeted, “One of our engineers, Ms. Shobana died tragically when her scooter skidded in the heavily potholed roads near Maduravoyal in Chennai. She was taking her younger brother to school.... Our bad roads have caused a tragic loss to her family and Zoho.”
In reply, DMK MLA T.R.B.Raja tweeted, “Disturbing to see that a young life has been lost due to the state of bad #NationalHighway roads due to neglect of the union govt & @NHAI_Official like in other parts of TN, Condolences to the family. Hope MrVembu talks to his friends in BJP & the Union Minister.#JusticeforShobana.”
Alisha Abdullah, national car and bike race champion and BJP functionary commented, “Buying fancy cars, expensive watches, cores of rupees spent on movies.. u cant give us good roads?? Leave all political drama aside. And fix these pot holes ! WE PAY TAX ! We demand and urge for at least good roads!!”