7 killed in major accident in Bengaluru's Koramangala

MLA's son among 7 killed in major accident in Bengaluru's Koramangala

It is believed that none of them were wearing seat belts and hence airbags weren't deployed

The police said that the SUV, being driven by one of the deceased, was crushed after the driver lost control, hit a pole and then rammed into a building near Mangala Convention Hall. Credit: DH Photo

Seven youths, including three women and the son of a Tamil Nadu MLA, were killed in a car crash in Koramangala area in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to police, the overspeeding Audi Q3 lost balance, rammed into a pavement and crashed into a bank building near Mangala convention hall on the 80-feet road near Koramangala Police Station. 

Karunaa Sagar (28), son of DMK MLA Y Prakash from Hosur, was behind the wheel. The other victims are: Bindu C (25), a relative of Sagar and an employee with a private firm; Dhanusha M (29), a dentist; Akshay Goel (25), a sales associate at a car showroom; Rohit Ladwa (23), business development executive at Byju’s; Ishita Biswas (21), working at an MNC; and Utsav Kumar (25), an accountant.

B R Ravikanthe Gowda, joint commissioner of police (Traffic), said the incident happened only because of the violation of all traffic rules.

“Six persons died at the spot while one died on the way to the hospital. None of them was wearing seat belts, and airbags failed to open up,” he said.

The police said the group was driving around the city in the SUV with a fancy registration number (KA-03 MY-6666). Though it was registered in the name of ‘Sanjeevini Blue Metal’ as per RTO records, police revealed that the firm was owned by the MLA’s relatives.

“The incident may have happened between 1.45 am and 2 am. Karunaa Sagar may have lost control and rammed the vehicle into the newly built TenderSURE pavement, bulldozing the iron bollards and crashing into the building wall,” police said. 

The intensity of the crash was such that the iron bollards were uprooted and a small Ganesha temple built adjacent to the wall was completely damaged. The youngsters were heading towards the Forum mall from the National Games Village junction.

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