Kolkata: An Air Force officer was killed today after being hit by a speeding car during the Republic Day rehearsal parade here.
The incident happened at about 6.30 AM at Red Road when an Audi car appeared on the road at high speed and hit the Air Force officer, a defence official said.
The road is normally closed for civilian traffic during the rehearsal but the car raced towards Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, the Air Force drill instructor supervising the parade, knocked him off his feet and continued to move at high speed till it hit a barricade and came to a halt, the official said.
The Air Force personnel sustained injuries and was rushed to a military hospital where the doctors declared him dead.
The official said that the driver left the car and ran away.
The car has been seized by the police which is investigating the case.