Hit & Run…

I saw a hit and run accident today.

On Shahrah e Faisal, at approximately 9.15 pm today, I sawa strange traffic hold up almost directly opposite Business Avenue. I stopped my car, and walked out to join others that were standing there on the scene. A child (I was told he was six) was picked up in front of my eyes and put into a nearby car.

I didnít know of the exact nature of what had happened till I got back into the car and drove on. Shocked as I was, I thought it would have been an injury at the most. As the cars started to move and I drove on, I started to realize what had actually happened.

There was blood, on the road, and what I thought initially to be a red slipper, dawned upon me as a piece of the childís brain.

He was hit by a water tanker, which sped on after stopping for a few seconds. Bikers on the road chased the tanker driver and a group of young men in a car pulled over and put the child in the back seat of the car. The passengers moved the crashed motorbike to the side of the road and took care of the bike rider that had survived.

At approximately 9.25, I saw another hold up, this time in front of Kawish Crown. Police and other individuals were beating up a man. Curious, this time I asked what happened. I was told that the police had stopped the tanker for breaking a signal, but then a group of young men followed immediately and informed that the person arrested, was in fact the rogue tanker driver.

On October 3 this year, I lost my 25 year old cousin to a similar road accident near Kashmir Road. Just when I gained confidence in driving once again, I am shattered, yet again.

Will our roads ever be safe?

7 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 12:14 am

    and i thought seeing blood zall around cats, thrice int eh same day ahd ruined my day.

    why can people not control?

  2. Tee Emm (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 12:30 am

    Tragic. Very tragic.

    Our roads wont be safe, until:

    1. Government, High Court and other flag-carrying vehicles come down from the 1st slot on the list of traffic light breakers.

    2. Our so-called up-scale population stops taking pride and stops extracting fun by violating the traffic lights in their shining new cars. In certain cases, its is mind-boggling to know that the violater is a just-back-from-the-US-of-A sort of creature.

    3. We get rid of the transport mafia (of which the illiterate drivers are only a small part) that necessitate irresponsible driving of heavy vehicles with the death-mongering ‘token systems’.

    Till then, the merciless cobras that our roads are would have plenty of death-inflicting appitite.

  3. Tee (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 1:42 am

    tragic indeed…i lost my 3-year old cousin in a similar accident some 10 years ago. a water tanker hit the motorcyle he was on while coming back home from school!!
    i stiil cant forget the way his dead body looked :S

  4. Omer Opee (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 3:13 am

    Its all so tragic to read and know! I’m sorry about what had happened. Yes driving have become so agressive these days. I had come across a similar but ‘less-violant’ accident. There were two cars racing and hit the a motor biker from behind and moved on. I just stopped my car as I was driving with my family that day. Me and my brother went to that place and people were moving the guy on side green belt. Bhai picked up the phone and called Eidhi’s snail ambulance service 115. They were utterly useless. Till we finally called the new 1122 ambulance service which indeed responded ‘very very’ well and reached within minutes. Bhai had the line on hold as they were giving minute by minute instructions and telling the location where the ambulance was approaching from. They said: aap line pay rahain, aap ki call free hai and you’re not being charged on this service. And yes, the reached within time and took the injured person to hospital. The person was safe then!

    Life is so furious. May Allah keep everyone in His hifazat. Ameen.

    P.S. I dunno if 1122 service is available in Karachi?! (is it?). In Lahore it does.

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 10:55 am

    Imtiaz, I am sorry to know about your cousin.

    Until and unless traffic police strictly implement traffic laws people will cotinue to die needlessly in this manner.

  6. Omer Opee (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 8:03 pm

    It also has a lot to do with the mental maturity and the driving norms of the citizens. The responsibility lies heavily on the shoulders of not only the elders but also the youngsters to be bold and set example to your fellow friends et al. Just like they say: Freedom with responsaiblity – It matters!

  7. Zain (unregistered) on November 7th, 2005 @ 12:07 pm

    My mother knows the innocent boy and his family very well. Its very sad and tragic. God help all of us!

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