Sathish Kumar, who acted as a vendor in the film Marina, was run over by a speeding oil tanker at Nochi Nagar, near Santhome, on Friday.
Police said he was on a bicycle with his friend riding pillion, when he skidded and fell and was run over by the lorry. Sathish sustained severe head injuries and died on the spot.
Marina director Pandiraj, who was shooting in Trichy, said he was shocked to hear that Satish was dead. We did not select him initially after the auditions, he said. 'But the boy would come to watch the shooting every day, and impressed us with his talent for mimicry. We decided to cast him, and I wrote several scenes especially for him.'
Actor Siva Karthikeyan expressed his condolence in his micro-blogging age.