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Bangalore: Young footballer Anil Edward Rodrigues, who was injured in a hit-and-run on August 22 on Bellary Road, died in a private hospital in Langford Garden here on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Shimoga native, who was staying in the Jayaprakash Narayan Sports Hostel near Yelahanka, was hit by a speeding car when he was crossing the road at Vidhyanagar Cross around 7.30 p.m. last Sunday.
Passersby, with the help of the Chikkajala Traffic Police, rushed Mr. Rodrigues to the Sita Bhateja's Speciality Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Langford Garden near Shanthinagar.
“He died around 11.30 a.m. on Thursday. His brain was severely damaged,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Traffic Division) Panduranga H. Rane told The Hindu.
The victim had represented Shimoga and Karnataka in several zonal, district and State-level football tournaments in different parts of the country.
He was attending a training programme at the Jayaprakash Narayan Sports Hostel near Yelahanka.
His friends said Rodrigues, who was feeling unwell, was on his way back from a chemist when he was hit, injuring his head and spine.
“My son was a very good player,” said his grief-stricken father, Edward Rodrigues, a lorry driver.
Meanwhile, the car, which was traced in Cox Town on Thursday, was seized by the Chikkajala Traffic Police with the help of RTO officials. The police are looking for the owner, Chetan, and driver, Shankar.
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