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Youth hits barricade, dies

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No caution or warning sign at diversion spot



R.Madhusudhanan

TAMBARAM: An 18-year-old died early on Wednesday following a road accident on the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road.

The victim, R. Madhusudhanan, a resident of Sitapathi Nagar, Velachery, was going to Thoraipakkam on his motorcycle. At the point where vehicles have to take a diversion due to the construction of a bridge on the Radial road, he lost control and hit the barricade.

The accident took place around 10.30 p.m. but Madhusudhanan was found only at 2.30 a.m., his uncle Govindan told The Hindu . He was rushed to a private hospital in Adyar, where he died on Wednesday morning. He was not wearing a helmet.

Mr. Govindan, a Sanskrit lecturer, said Madhusudhanan had gone to Madipakkam to drop a relative. "He called up around 10 p.m. to say that he was on his way to Velachery."

As Madhusudhanan did not reach home even by 11 p.m., his relatives became anxious. "I went to search for him on a motorcycle but it developed problems near Perungudi. The mechanic repairing the vehicle suggested that we look for him near the bridge," Mr. Govindan said.

The mechanic's suspicion came true. Madhusudhanan was found near the bridge in an unconscious condition. "He was gasping for breath. We lost no time and took him to Malar Hospital as it was nearby," Mr. Govindan said.

Though a few men looking after the construction of towers carrying high-tension power cables were staying in a hut near the accident spot, they were unaware of the accident till Mr. Govindan reached the spot.

No signs

The work on the bridge has been abandoned for two years. There is a diversion for motorists but in the absence of warning signs, reflective stickers or sufficient illumination, it poses risks during the night.

The construction workers said that at least two accidents had taken place in less than a month. Both accidents took place at night but the motorcyclists were lucky to escape with minor injuries, they said.

The relatives of Madhusudhanan were shattered. Madhusudhanan was the eldest of three children and a good student.

"He died a few hours before the plus two results were declared. He was studying at the Ahobila Math Oriental Higher Secondary School in West Mambalam. He has scored 1,106 marks and is among the toppers," Mr. Govindan said. His father, Rajagopalan, a priest at the Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Adambakkam, said that Madhusudhanan was not wearing a helmet. His mistake proved fatal

Mr. Rajagopalan and Mr. Govindan said that to prevent such incidents , the State Government should make it mandatory for two-wheeler riders to wear helmets. "No other family should suffer a similar plight," Mr. Rajagopalan said.

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