43-year-old dies in bike-truck collision in port town

A 43-year-old jeweller from Sada died on the spot when a two-wheeler he was riding was involved in a head-on collision with a truck on Saturday evening opposite the RTO building in the port town.

The deceased Jitendra Chandrakant Palyekar was dragged for a short distance by a speeding empty coal truck in the port city.

According to eye-witnesses, though the incident occurred less than half a kilometer away from the Vasco police station, it took the PCR van more than 10 minutes to reach the spot and an additional ten minutes were taken for 108 EMRI to come to the site.

PSI Nikhil Palekar said, "The truck was speeding while it was taking a turn near the RTO building to go to Khariawada for parking."

Shockingly, after reaching the spot, police instead of taking the deceased to the hospital, declared him dead on the spot.

After the panchnama, the body was shifted to Hospicio hospital, Margao, in a hearse van instead of the Cottage hospital, Chicalim.

Witnesses said that soon after the accident, the unknown driver of the truck ran away after parking the vehicle on the road near Bombay garments. Police are now searching for the absconding driver as well as the identity of its owner.

The body of Palyekar has been preserved in Hospicio hospital for postmortem to be conducted on Sunday.

Palyekar is the second person to die in a road accident in Vasco this year. Benedito Alvares, 53, a resident of New Vaddem, died in GMC, three days after he met with an accident. [TOI]