Jahangirnagar University graduate Shehabul Munir, who joined demonstrations for safe roads last year, died yesterday after being hit by a lorry driving on the wrong side of the road.
Munir, 28, was going across the Nabinagar-Chandra highway in Palli Bidyut area of Savar on Thursday morning when he was hit and suffered serious injuries to his head, police said.
Locals rushed Munir, an environmental science graduate, to a local clinic first
He was later taken to Enam Medical College Hospital where he died yesterday afternoon.
Munir, the only son of Khandker Mamun Hossain of Bogura, got married last year. He was an assistant manager of Sarmin Group, a readymade garment factory in Palli Bidyut area, said his friend Mohammad Zinna.
Munir had changed his Facebook profile picture on August 2 last year in support of a widespread protest for safer roads that received global attention following the deaths of two students in Dhaka.
He had also demanded tougher punishment for reckless driving.
“Munir got brain injuries and was taken to the ICU at the hospital. But he died,” said Nandita Sarker, a lecturer at the Department of Environment Sciences in Jahangirnagar University, quoting the doctors.
Rezaul Haque, officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station, told The Daily Star that Munir's relatives filed a case against the driver.
“We have arrested the driver and sent him to the court. We have also seized the vehicle,” he said.