Joyride on NY morning proves fatal for 2 students

A joyride with friends on New Year’s Day snuffed out two engineering students when their car ploughed into the median strip, jumped to the other side of the road and then collided head-on with an airport-bound cab on Ballari Road, north Bengaluru.

Krishna Kishore, 21, a third-year student at Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, and Santhosh, 20, a second-year student at Vemana Institute of Technology, both from Viveknagar, are the deceased, police said.

There were a total of six students in the car — the other four being Aditya, Supreet, Abhay and Wilton. Krishna was at the wheel while Santhosh was sitting next to him. The group had gone to Devanahalli on a joyride and was heading back to the city when the accident happened.

Krishna accelerated as the car neared Palanahalli Gate around 7.15 am. In the process, he lost control of the vehicle and it ploughed into the median strip before jumping to the other side of the road where there was oncoming traffic.

The car — a Maruti Swift — then collided with an airport-bound cab — a Mahindra Logan — injuring its driver, Manjunath, and a passenger, police said. The collision was so severe that the front portion of Maruti Swift was mangled and Krishna died on the spot. The four friends who were seated at the back miraculously escaped unhurt with only two of them sustaining minor bruises.

The four students rushed their other friend Santhosh, who was grievously injured, to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to injuries later. The Yelahanka traffic police have registered a case under IPC Sections 304A, 279 and 337 and are investigating the matter.

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