Drivers' duty to take care of persons crossing road: MACT



New Delhi: Holding it to be the drivers' duty to take care of persons crossing roads, a motor accident claim tribunal has awarded Rs 5.75 lakh as compensation to the family of a woman, crushed to death by a rashly driven crane near Ghazipur traffic intersection in east Delhi.

"It is the duty of the driver, driving the heavy vehicles to take care of the persons crossing the road. It can be easily inferred that if the speed of the offending vehicle (crane) had been slow, the driver of the crane might have applied brakes in time and could have avoided the accident," the judge held, while awarding the compensation.

MACT Judge Arvind Kumar granted the compensation to the family of victim Manju Pandey, who was hit by a crane on October 9, 2009, and succumbed to her injuries the same day.

The court awarded the compensation after holding as "not trustworthy" the account of the eyewitnesses that Manju was crossing the road carelessly and though the driver of the crane wanted to save her, accident was caused because of her negligence.

On the fateful day, the accident occurred when Manju and her husband Ashok Kumar Pandey were going to Patparganj Industrial Area. As they reached Ghazipur traffic intersection and were crossing the road, the crane coming from the Ghazipur village side hit Manju, injuring her seriously.

She was rushed to nearby Dr Hedgewar Arogya Sanstan where she succumbed to her injuries the same day. She is survived by her husband and two daughters.

The insurance company concerned was asked to pay the amount with interest in one month from the date of the order.

PTI