Vrindavan, 2017 .01. 09 (VT): Loaded tractor trailers continue to endanger lives on the roads of Vrindavan.
A foreign national was killed in a fatal accident on Monday on Sunrakh Road. A tractor trailer loaded with bricks crushed the victim who was riding a motor scooter or “scooty.”
Sharne Ann Teudt (55), an Australian national from New South Wales came to Vrindavan ten days ago to serve the street cows. She was living with a friend in a rented house in Sant Colony. By profession a homeopath, she was in India on a student visa. She had joined a group of western devotees (Street Cow Seva) who help street cows in Vrindavan.
On the fateful day, she was driving a scooty towards the NRI Greens. She was hit by the tractor and crushed under the wheels of the trailer. She died left her body on the spot and the tractor driver managed to flee.
Her body was left lying on the road for half an hour till the police arrived. It was then sent for autopsy, after completing which it was handed over to ISKCON, who took responsibility for its cremation.
The FRO informed the family of the victim through the Australian embassy. The last rites and funeral rituals were performed by ISKCON devotees since her family was unable to travel to India. Her friend Maharani Devi Dasi lodged a First Information Report with the Vrindavan Police.
Tractors have been source of worry on the roads, and this is not the first time when they have resulted in deaths. The mining operations in the villages near Vrindavan and the construction work in the newly developed colonies in the outskirts of Vrindavan are responsible for the speeding tractors.
Reckless drivers on tractors have taken several lives so far. A twelve-year-old boy from Devi Atas village was killed in 2011 when an overloaded trailer full of soil hit him. A tractor-trailer carrying sand badly injured Siyaram Baba of Bhoot Gali in 2014, while he was doing parikrama. After a long treatment, he succumbed to his injuries. Another devotee, an employee of ISKCON MVT, Tushti Mohan Das, was killed by a tractor trailer in 2015. The tractor hit him from behind in front of the Vrindavan Research Institute while he was driving a motorbike.