A young man was killed after his motorcycle was hit by a speeding Toyota Hiace attempting to overtake from the wrong side.
The motorcycle got entangled with the right side mirror of the van. The young biker hit the van’s windshield with his head, before falling onto the road near Zero Point on Islamabad Expressway.
Witnesses said the driver was trying to overtake another van to arrive first at the upcoming stop to pick more passengers. Muhammad Latif, the driver, tried to escape but was nabbed by passersby.
Police said the motorcyclist, Junaid Khan, a resident of Sohan, was shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Science but he died before getting medical assistance. Doctors said a glass inflicted wound in his neck proved fatal as the boy died of excessive bleeding.
The industrial area police impounded the vehicle and arrested the driver. He was booked for negligent driving. Khan’s father, Farhad Ali, claimed his body.
Witnesses told the police that no traffic police vehicles were near the spot of the accident. “This was unusual. Normally there is a traffic police vehicle around so the van drivers are cautious,” said a police official from Industrial area police.
This was the third death in two days on Islamabad Expressway resulting from apparent negligent driving. On Friday, a cab driver hit and killed two teenaged motorcyclists near Shakrial. The Shehzad Town police were still looking for him when this report was filed.
On the same spot, a student was run over by a minibus a few months ago, triggering violent protests by his colleagues from nearby colleges.
The city managers were forced to construct an overhead bridge, recently made functional, to avoid accidents resulting from pedestrians crossing the five-laned highway.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2012.