x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Second young car victim dies

The two university students died after being hit by a speeding vehicle in Sharjah.

SHARJAH // The second of two young women hit by a car on Buheira Corniche Road on Monday died yesterday.

Mariyam Ahmed, 19, a first-year student in biotechnology at Manipal University in Dubai, died in Kuwait Hospital, police said.

Mitthi Singh, 21, who died at the scene on Monday, was a final-year bachelor's student of media communications at the same university. She would have graduated in July.

Capt Abdul Rahman Khatr, director of communications at the Sharjah Police traffic department, said the two Indian students were trying to cross the road about 5.30pm when they were hit by a Land Cruiser driven by an Arab woman.

Shahnaz Khaisar, who studied with Ms Singh, last saw her friend a week ago.

"Mitthi's enthusiasm attracted a lot of people," Ms Khaisar said. "The last time we met she was talking about how she would have wanted to switch specialisations because advertising seemed more fun."

The media department was closed yesterday as friends mourned Ms Singh's loss. An assembly was held in her memory and students were planning to visit her grieving family.

Dr B Ramjee, the director of the university, said the faculty and students were saddened by the loss.

"[We] offer heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and friends," he said.

Sharjah Police held the driver, who has been referred to prosecutors.

Capt Khatr urged locals to be more careful crossing the road.

"The Buhairah Corniche Road has two designated crossing areas with traffic lights … we urge people to use them and save their lives," he said.



* Additional reporting by Afshan Ahmed