Police said the child walked to the front of the van, which the driver had not expected
— Photo : N. Sridharan
The private van, which ran over the girl, stationed at Shastri Nagar police station.
CHENNAI: An eight-year-old girl living in Adyar was run over on Wednesday by the van that regularly dropped her after school.
N. Jaishree, daughter of N.V. Nagesh, a resident of Venkateswara Nagar, was dropped at Padmanabha Nagar 5th street junction, where she attended a creche till her parents picked her up after work.
Minutes after she alighted, she was run over by the private van. The driver, Madhiazhagan, a resident of Tiruvanmiyur, was arrested and the vehicle seized. The police said the child walked to the front of the van, which the driver had not expected.
Azgar, an eyewitness, said he stopped by when he saw the bleeding child under the Mahindra van. He and other passers-by took Jaishree to Malar hospital, where she was declared dead.
The body was taken to Royapettah Government Hospital. Parents and relatives requested that the post-mortem be completed the same day so that they could take the body home. However, hospital authorities said it could be scheduled only for Thursday morning as the body was brought after 5.30 p.m.
Jaishree is the only child of her parents. Her mother went into a state of shock when she came to know of the death and her father was too grieved to speak. When contacted, a friend of the parents said several residents in the neighbourhood used the services of the private van to transport children to school and back.
There have been several instances of schoolchildren being run over by vans. In some cases, school vans were the culprits. In 2004, two three-year-old children died in similar accidents.
Mostly, it was kindergarten and primary schoolchildren, who met with such accidents.
In July 2003, a 14-year-old boy, studying in a private school in Erukkancheri, was run over by a school van.
Many students got injured in such accidents in the recent years