R Subashree of Bhavani Nagar was a software engineer at a private firm on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and was scheduled to leave for Canada in a few days. She was returning home from work when the accident took place. The victim was wearing a helmet, the police said.
“While Subashree was riding on the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road, an AIADMK banner, which was tied to a temporary post on the roadside, fell on her bike, causing her to lose balance. She fell on the road and a tanker lorry ran over her,” a police official said.
While the police arrested Manoj (25) from Bihar, who was driving the tanker lorry, onlookers claimed that the accident took place because Subashree was knocked down by the banner and it was not entirely the fault of the driver.
Police sources confirmed that the banner on Radial Road was placed by C Jayagopal from Pallikaranai, a former AIADMK councillor and joint secretary of the Kancheepuram East Zone MGR Mandram. “Several banners were placed on both sides of the road by Jayagopal with pictures of AIADMK leaders to announce a family wedding,” a police source said.