A 20-year-old motorcycle racer died during a practice session was organized by Coimbatore Racing Academy at Kari Motor Speedway at Chettipalayam in Coimbatore on the outskirts of the city on Sunday.
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J Nandakumar, 20, an avid biker,who was working in a local automobile showroom. He lost control of his bike while taking on a corne of the racing track. This resulted in the bike flipping. He sustained severe head injuries despite wearing a helmet. He was taken to a private hospital but he died in an hour. His parents filed a complaint with the Chettipalayam police station against the manufacturers of the helmet company. Because if the helmet had not broken, their son would have survived.
His parents filed a complaint with the Chettipalayam police station against the manufacturers of the helmet company. Because if the helmet had not broken, their son would have survived.
J Nandakumar has been an avid racer since the age of 18. J Nandakumar’s brother J Gowtham said he was extremely passionate about racing. He added “My brother always pursued racing & he wanted to make it as his profession. Just one-and-a-half month back he purchased a Yamaha R15 bike after taking a loan & has participated in a series of races, even at national level.” said Gowtham.
Though his brother J Gowtham didn’t want to file a complaint against anyone, alleges that the ambulance was ill-equipped. The ambulance was lacked basic first-aid equipment & also there was also no doctor or nurse on board. The unavailability of hospitals in Chettipalayam area was an issue.J Nandakumar father was also planning to visit the race day on Sunday but had to cancel at the last minute due to some reason.
On sunday, Tarun Kumar of Coimbatore Racing Academy, who had organized the track race, stated – “Generally during training sessions, a coach would drive in front of the racers to control their speed. But this event was open for riding and there were no coaches. We had ensured that all safety gears were available with the racers and also followed all the safety norms” said Tarun Kumar.
Senior racer, Vidya Prakash was shocked when told about the incident.”Normally, practice sessions are permitted only after official authorization. Track racers should be more careful and be instructed. Sometimes, to improve performance racers lose control,” he said.
The staffer at Kari Motor Speedway said that “Tarun has regularly been holding sessions at their track for past 2 years & has always ensured & followed that safety norms.” said by a staff member.
A case of accidental death under section 174 of the CrPC was filed & postmortem of body was conducted. “The body was handed over to the parents on Sunday evening.” said by Chettipalayam police officials.