Training on Noida expressway, national cycling coach killed in hit-and-run

Ruma Chatterjee, former India cyclist and current coach of the national team, was killed after her motorcycle was hit by a speeding taxi on the Noida Expressway early Tuesday. Ruma (51) was training with 25 junior track team cyclists and three other coaches on the expressway at the time of the incident.

Bhim Singh Dahiya, coach with the Cycling Federation of India who witnessed the incident, said Ruma was on a motorcycle, trailing and guiding the group of cyclists, when she was hit by a Swift Dzire of the Meru Plus taxi service.

"On my rear view mirror, I could see a car coming. Within seconds, it hit the bike. Ruma was thrown in the air and landed on the car's windscreen."

As she rolled and fell to the ground, her motorcycle slid some 50 metres away. "Before anyone could react, the driver left the car on the spot and fled. We tried to revive Ruma but there was no movement. We rushed her to a hospital in Sector 27. The doctors told us she was dead," Dahiya said.

Her family in Kolkata has been informed. Ruma is survived by  her 77-year-old mother and five sisters.

"Ruma was training the team on techniques of pedalling and controlling speed. We take the same route thrice a week... We cover almost 70 km everyday," Dahiya said.

The police have still not been able to trace the driver of the Swift Dzire. "The car carries a Delhi registration number. We got it checked... the car belongs to one Vijay Singh in Nand Nagri, Northeast Delhi. But when we went to check, we were told that Vijay Singh owns an Indica with the same registration number. We are investigating the matter," a police officer said.

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