Shame on India as accident victim waited 45 minutes for help and passed away

Corporate worker Amandeep Kaur’s cries went in vain on the busy airport road after a tipper rider hit her scooter and fled. On her way to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, she had told her uncle that instead of helping her, some passersby took photos of her.

A 25-year-old woman died two months before her wedding after her two-wheeler was hit by a truck on Wednesday, with her family members alleging she waited 45 minutes for help on Chandigarh’s Airport Road.

Amandeep Kaur was hit by the truck at around 9am on Wednesday and dragged on for a few metres, a relative said. Yadwinder Singh said she told him on the way to the hospital that a passerby took a photo of the accident spot instead of assisting her.

“The last words she uttered were: ‘I want to talk to my father, please call him’,” Singh said after Amandeep died at a hospital in Sector 32.

A friend who was travelling with Amandeep was severely injured in the accident and is being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

“On her way to her Mohali office, she picked up her colleague Sofiya. Both of them never reached the office as a rashly driven tipper (truck) hit their scooter from behind. The lower part of her body was completely crushed,” Harwinder Singh, her fiancé’s brother, said.

Amandeep, a management graduate who recently changed her job, was engaged on April 27. She was to be married on November 13 to a man who works in a Punjab and Sind Bank branch in Bilaspur.

“We had finalised all the wedding bookings,” Harwinder said. He said the driver of the truck fled the spot after the accident.

The police have filed a case under sections pertaining to ‘rash driving’, ‘causing grievous hurt’, ‘mischief causing damage’ and ‘causing death by negligence’ under the IPC. The driver of the truck is absconding, a police official said.

Amandeep is survived by her mother Jaswinder Kaur and father Surinder Singh Chahal, who is an agriculturalist. Her brother Jagtar Singh Chahal, who is based in New Zealand, was on his way to India when the accident took place.

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