It was indeed a deadly New Year for seven persons who lost their lives in road accidents in different parts of the State and even across the border.
In the most gruesome of the accidents and which can safely be attributed to rash and negligent driving of the deceased, three youngsters died on the spot when the motorcycle they were travelling on rammed into a parked truck near the Banastarim bridge at Bhoma, Ponda taluka.
Two of the three died have been identified as Suradhish Natekar from Divar and Manohar Patil, a native of Khanapur, Belgaum who was residing at Old Goa and the third is yet to be identified.
The accident occurred when the trio were returning home from a temple festival at Bhoma.
In another incident at Guirim 21-year-old Kirti Chodankar was crushed to death when a car rammed into the stationary car in which she was seated. Kirti who was working for a beauty parlour was on her way to do the make up a bride when the accident occurred.
As the car transporting Kirti had stopped at Guirim to pick up her assistant, another car proceeding from Panjim to Mapusa rammed into it and also another stationary bus there. Both the vehicles were quite mangled and locals rushed to remove the occupants.
Kirti was declared dead on arrival as the Asilo Hospital at Mapusa while the other two occupants of the car Annapurna Kholker and Kalpit Nadkarni had minor injuries. Occupants of the rogue car that rammed into them, Shounak Pai, Sanjeet Gupta and L Braganza are being treated at Asilo with the police booking a case of rash and negligent driving against Shounak.
In the third accident, three youth from Belgaum died while returning home after the New Year eve revelry in Goa. The deceased are Shanki Porwal, Mehul Porwal and Dheeresh Khoda.
The car in which the three were returning to Belgaum rammed into a culvert at Sulga about eight kms ahead of Belgaum killing all the three occupants.
In another accident at the Mandovi bridge, two persons Sushant Pal and Dhansing Rajput sustained injuries as the motorcycles driven by both of them collided into each other.
Meanwhile, two cricketers playing in the Goa Premier League which is underway had a miraculous escape when the car they were travelling in rammed into a road divider after one of the tyres burst.
The two who had a providential escape are Sher Bahadur Yadav and Hemant Shetgaokar. While Sher Bahadur Yadav is playing for Sarvodaya Royals, Sanguem, Hemant Shetgaokar has been signed by the PVG Warrior, Margao.