Kerala youth dies in bike accident ahead of parents gifting him a two-wheeler

Thiruvananthapuram: In horrid turn of events, a young man in Kerala lost his life in a bike accident unaware of the fact that his parents were ready to spring a surprise on him the following day with a new bike for his 21st birthday.

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The parents, K Vijayan and Sathi, had purchased a new bike for their son Vishnu Vijayan and had kept it a secret so they could hand over the keys to him on Thursday, his 21st birthday.

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Vishnu was known to have a liking for bikes.

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Surprise turns to shock

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Vijayan and Sathi who were eagerly waiting to spring a surprise on their son were in turn served with the shock of their lives, hearing of their son’s death in a bike mishap on Tuesday.

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Vishnu Vijayan lost his life in a bike accident near Piravom, a town between Kottayam and Ernakulam on Tuesday.

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He had been employed in a private company in Ernakulam, from where he was commuting home on bike when the accident occurred. Police suspect that he lost control of the bike while attempting to avoid a pothole on the road.

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The seriously injured youth was rushed to a private hospital in Kochi, but could not be saved. His father works as a farm labourer and his mother works with a women’s self-help group. Vishnu Vijayan’s sister’s marriage was held only a few weeks ago.

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Road fatalities

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Kerala’s annual road accident deaths have crossed 4,000 in recent years.

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In 2019, 4,370 people were killed and 44,467 injured in 39,944 accidents in the state.

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Last Tuesday, five passengers of a car were killed when their vehicle collided with a mini truck carrying fish at Kallambalam near Thiruvananthapuram.

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