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Teen killed in accident days before 18th b’day
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Was On His Way To Beach To Get Photo With Bike.
He planned to pose for a picture with his snazzy new motorbike on the Marina and was going there with a friend when the dream crashed in the cruellest way. S Karthik, 17, died on the spot after his bike smashed into the VIP gate of University of Madras on Wallajah Road around 7am on Saturday. His friend Ulaganathan, who was riding pillion, sustained serious injuries and is recovering at a private hospital.
Karthik had just completed Class 12 and got a Yamaha R15 Limited Edition bike, worth `1 lakh as a gift’ from his parents for his 18th birthday on July 30. The two friends from United Colony in Kolathur were on their way to the Marina to take a photograph for Karthik’s Facebook profile when the accident occurred, police said after talking to Karthik’s family members.
Karthik lost balance when the vehicle hit a mound of sand and careened into a pillar of the VIP gate. His head dashed against the pillar and he died instantly. Ulaganathan was thrown off the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. The bike, bought just four days ago, was yet to be registered. He was not wearing a helmet and did not have a licence, police found. His father Shivakumar, a supervisor with a private courier firm, was in fact, making arrangements to get him a licence after he turned 18 on July 30.
Karthik’s elder brother Surya told TOI that Karthik had been adamant the he be gifted the bike for his birthday. “He did not eat for three days when our parents refused to get him the bike,” he said. The teenager had even refused to speak to his parents before they relented. They had to sell off a few pieces of jewellery belonging to Karthik’s mother, said Surya.
Karthik had secured admission to MGR University at Maduravoyal for an engineering course but was yet to attend college. The body was moved to Government Royapettah Hospital for postmortem and was handed over to the family in the evening.
The incident comes barely two days after the state school education department warned schools they would be held responsible if a student was caught riding a two wheeler.