Three from family killed after SUV rams into median

Three from family killed after SUV rams into median

(From left) Bala Kishore, Varshini (12) and Yagnajeeth (8) .

Three people, including two women, from a family were killed and three others, including two children, injured in a ghastly accident when their SUV hit the median and turned turtle in Hoskote in the early hours of Wednesday.

The deceased are Srinadh (30), who was driving the car, Srilatha (35) and Srirekha (32), both of them were seated in the centre row.

The injured are Srilatha’s husband Bala Kishore, a software engineer in TCS, their daughter Varshini (12) and Srirekha’s son Yagnajeeth (8). They have been admitted to Manipal Hospital, the police said.

Srilatha and Srirekha were sisters while Srinadh was a cousin of Bala Kishore. All of them were residents of Immadihalli in Whitefield and were natives of East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, the police said.

According to the police, the accident occurred around 2.45 am on the highway at Channapura Gate near the Volvo factory. The family of six were returning from East Godavari.

Bala Kishore was seated in the front next to Srinadh, and the two women sat beside each other in the centre row while the two children were seated in the rear seats.

“Bala Kishore was wearing the seat belt and that saved his life. Srinadh was not wearing the seat belt,” a senior police officer said.

The women seated in the centre row were also not wearing the seat belts. Fortunately, the two children, though they were not wearing seat belts, were saved as they sat in the rear seats, the officer added.

The police suspect that Srinadh may have slept behind the wheels.

As soon as the SUV hit the median, the vehicle turned turtle and was crushed to an extent that the two women sustained fatal injuries and were killed on the spot, while Srinadh died on the way to the hospital and was declared brought dead.

The Hoskote police have registered a case under IPC Section 304-A - accidental death caused by rash and negligent driving - and are further investigating.