A young woman was crushed to death in an accident on the way back home from a temple where she had taken her new scooter to be blessed. A friend too was killed in the accident at Anand Vihar in east Delhi, police said.
Payal Srivastav, 21, a sales manager at Shiva Motors in Patparganj, had got the scooty as a gift from her father on Wednesday night. “As she did not knew how to drive, she called up one of her friends, Dushyant Kumar, to drive her to temple for the ritual and then back home at Brahmpuri in north east Delhi,” said a police officer.
Dushyant,22, was riding the scooty and Payal was on the pillion. After buying the scooty around 8 pm at Krishna Nagar, they went to the Sai Temple at Vivek Vihar. After the rituals, they were heading towards Payal’s home. Around 10 pm, when they reached Ashok Niketan traffic intersection, a speeding Canter mini-truck hit them from behind.
“Both of them were crushed to death on the spot and scooty was in bits and pieces,” said an eyewitness Brijesh Jha, a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, who was just ahead of them and manged to save himself.
“They were dragged for a few metres. Both of them were in a pool of blood,” Jha told police.
Truck driver, Narendar Yadav,24, sped from the spot, but was reportedly intercepted at a police picket a few hundred metres away. Meanwhile, Jha asked for help from passersby and called police control room. “A police team rushed there and took both Payal and Dushyant to Hedgewar Hospital where both of them were declared brought dead,” said the officer.
“It was a tragic accident and their bodies were totally crushed,” the officer said.
A case has been registered against the driver who is from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. His vehicle has been impounded, police said.
Daughter of small-time dairy businessman, Payal and Dushyant, a senior accountant and son of an auto driver, worked at the same Anand Vihar company, Motor Craft, till about a month back. Then Payal moved to Shiva Motors.
The bodies were handed over to family members for the last rites.