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Car mows down three morning walkers, cyclist

Ghastly: The car that killed four persons in Bangalore on Saturday.

Ghastly: The car that killed four persons in Bangalore on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Staff Reporter

The incident occurred on Indiranagar 100-ft road

BANGALORE: The city saw six persons getting killed in road accidents on Saturday, but the most tragic were the deaths of three senior citizens and a 40-year-old labourer near the Doopanahalli bus stop on Indiranagar 100-ft road when a high-end car mowed them down around 6 a.m. A fifth person, Kondandarama Reddy (63), a retired government college principal, was admitted to hospital with injuries.

Those who died in this accident were Ramanath Panathur, a 73-year-old physician; Kempe Gowda (76), a former contractor; Siddaiah Reddy (69), a retired private company executive; and Radhakrishna (40). They died on the spot. The first three were part of a group of morning walkers who were on their way from the HAL Airport Road side towards the B.M. Sri Junction. Mr. Radhakrishna was a construction labourer who worked as a security guard at night. He was going home on his cycle when the car, belonging to Karthik Somaiah, knocked him down, swerved and then hit the three friends.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood said documents were recovered from the car, which is a second-hand vehicle. Efforts to trace Karthik Somaiah (26), a resident of Domlur and who was at the wheel, proved futile initially. However, he later surrendered to the Shivajinagar police. “There was no problem with the car. I wanted to avoid the cyclist and didn’t notice the walkers,” he told the police. The bodies were taken to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital where scores of relatives and friends of the deceased turned up.

“I have lost my elder brother. He was a source of inspiration to our family,” said C. Gopalaiah, a retired postmaster who is Mr. Kempe Gowda’s younger brother.

Several of Dr. Panathur’s patients were grief-stricken. “I have seen him treating patients since my childhood; he was our family doctor.

He was a good physician,” said 26-year-old Pramod L.G., who was helping the doctor’s wife Vanajakshi to complete the formalities.

Other accidents

A 39-year-old technician and a 28-year-old man were the other victims of separate accidents.

J.V. Raju, the technician, of K.R. Puram was killed and his friend C. Tony was injured when their scooter was hit by a lorry near Ramakrishna Ashram flyover in Basavanagudi. The police said Tony was riding the vehicle. He has been admitted to the Victoria Hospital, the Basavanagudi traffic police said.

Sunil Kumar died when he rammed his scooter into a stationary water tanker near Big Bazaar on Old Madras Road.

The Indiranagar traffic police said the tanker driver had parked the vehicle on the roadside as there was some problem with the vehicle.

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