A 58-year-old motorist died in Tiruvallur on Saturday night after falling from his vehicle while trying to avoid hitting a stray dog.
Police said, Kanniyappan, a resident of Kamarajapuram village near Periyakuppam, worked at a private firm near Ponneri. He was returning home on his two-wheeler when near Oil Mill Road the dog came in front of his two-wheeler. Kanniyappan pressed hard at the brakes and his two-wheeler skidded. The man was not wearing a helmet and bumped his head against the road suffering a grievous head injury.
Passers-by rushed him to the Tiruvallur Government Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Besides the head injury, he had suffered multiple injuries. The Tiruvallur town police registered a case of rash and negligent driving and sent the body for postmortem.
Police said the road was dark due to which Kanniyappan could not spot the dog. Residents in the area said stray dogs have caused accidents on the stretch earlier. “We have advised motorists not to speed as there are chances of cattle and stray dogs darting across the road on this stretch,” said an investigating officer. “Stray dogs roam this place as local residents dispose of garbage on either side of the roads,” he said.
Last week, the officer said, cattle owners were fined and warned after stray cattle were found roaming on the road.
Source: Times of India
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