It took me two day to even think of writing about it. I saw an accident on Friday evening at around 6:15pm. This was just after I left the office in Koratty and was standing at the bus stop waiting for a bus to Chalakudy. I had probably waited for around 10 minutes and was looking towards the right side of me and just as I turned back to the right side (from where the buses would be coming), I witnessed it.
This guy, I’d say of around 45 or so, had jumped the median in a hurry to cross the street and a white Maruti Swift was speeding on the highway and hit him! The driver of the car had jammed the breaks but as he was going quite fast it was too late. I heard the screeching of the tires and saw this man getting hit by the car, being tossed into the air atleast 10 feet and landing with a thud on the front of the car before hitting the ground. The windshield of the car had a huge crack that spanned it’s entire height and the hood of the car had these huge dents where the guy had landed. He has also hit the ground hard and when I saw & heard it, I thought he was dead.
Like most onlookers I was stunned and my hand was covering my mouth. Next thing I knew people were surrounding the car and the man but no one was touching the body. It got too crowded for me to go near and see if the man was still alive. The cops soon arrived and they escorted the driver of the car & his passenger to move their car towards the side of the road. The two were both bleeding profusely from their foreheads, obviously as they braked hard they would have hit their heads on the windshields. I heard cried behind me and two ladies with 3 small kids were quite upset on seeing this and with the help of another person, I flagged down an autorickshaw and made the ladies & kids get into it and had the driver take them to their destination.
It took me a couple of more minutes to see that the man who was hit had been taken away to the hospital, barely alive. I have not been able to find out if he made it, what kind of condition he is if still alive. The crowds were dispersed by the cops and I soon left for my place. I’ll never forget the sound of the car tires screeching as the driver of the car hit the brakes or the two thuds as the man hit the car and then the road! Shudders.