Speeding car kills student, auto driver
Two youths were killed and three others injured when a speeding Chevrolet Cruze, driven by 26-year-old son of a businessman, mowed them down in north-west Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area early on Sunday morning.
The errant driver, who also sustained minor injuries, has been arrested along with a woman co-passenger said to be a former radio jockey.
The incident took place at around 5.30 am on Sunday when five youths, all aged
between 19 and 22, were having tea at a stall in front of
Badli bus shelter on GT Karnal Road.
The youths, residents of Nibas in Rajasthan, were in Delhi to appear for an examination scheduled to be held by Cental Reserve Police Force in outer Delhi’s Bawana area.
However, the exam was postponed and the group was readying to return to their hometown by bus.
The dead are identified as Satish, who had come for the examination, and Surender, autorickshaw driver with whom the youths were negotiating to go to a bus stand from where they could catch a Rajasthan-bound bus.
The injured include Ravi, Yashpal and Mahesh. Their friend Sikandar, however, miraculously escaped any injury.
Surender’s son Rajnikanth said his father was the sole bread-winner of the famly and had parked his vehicle near the bus stop to look for passengers.
Even as he was negotiating with the youths, a speeding Chevrolet Cruze rammed into the autorickshaw, dragging the five victims a few metres on the road.
They were having tea at the stall when they were hit in full force by the car, police said.
Behind the wheels of the erring car was allegedly Ankit Jamwal, a resident
of south-west Delhi’s Dwarka and the son of a businessman.
He was accompanied by
Shefali, a former radio
jockey. Jamwal also sustained a few injuries, but was discharged after treatment.
A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicle Act has been registered with the Shalimar Bagh police station.
Police are investigating if the youth was drunk at the time of the accident.
Meanwhile, soon after the incident, police were informed and the victims were rushed to Ambedkar Hospital located Rohini.
While Surender and Satish had died by the time they
arrived at the hospital, Ravi and Mahesh were referred to AIIMS and their condition is stated to be critical.
Their friend Yashpal was discharged after treatment, police said.