Focussed and diligent.” These are the words that best describe Deepti Yash. Our country has lost a gem of an athlete,” Hema Harboda, sports teacher of the national-level athlete, said. Deepti was run over by a Volkswagen Polo on August Kranti Marg on Monday, while she was trying to cross the road.
Deepti, who won over 40 championships in several games including chess, shot-put, kabaddi, long jump and discus throw, was looking for a professional coach to hone her skills. “She wanted to expand and step into the international arena. She had visited over 28 states with the school games federation of India, winning several championships. Now she wanted to represent the country and was looking for a coach. The sportsman spirit she had, her attitude towards life and drive to perform would have taken her to great heights…,” Harboda said.
On Monday morning Deepti left home, promising to be back early. A few hours later, her father was informed about the accident.
“I insisted that she take lunch, but she said she would be back early. I prepared her favourite dish and was waiting for her, when her father called and asked me to come to the hospital,” Deepti’s mother Prem Lata said.
“She was such a focused girl. She used to practice sports in the morning and study till late night to balance sports and academics. She has never scored less than 70 per cent marks. She made me so proud,” her mother said.
Deepti had scored 92 per cent marks in her Class XII examination and received a letter from HRD minister Smriti Irani for scoring 99 marks in geography — the highest in the country.
“She scored a 95 in political science, 99 in geography and overall 92 per cent. She used wake up early in the morning and practice sports. Then after coming back from school, she used to teach the children in the colony for free. She then used to study till late at night. She hardly slept,” Deepti’s brother Dipish said.
Dipish said she wanted to promote Vedic maths and Sanskrit language. “She studied Sanskrit till Class X, but after that she continued to learn the language on her own through internet and books. She wanted to do something to revive the language,” he said.
The accused, Nalini Aggarwal, is a housewife who was arrested from her residence. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against her. “Nalini, the wife of a businessman and a resident of Jungpura, was questioned and she admitted to have run the girl over. She said she lost control of the car and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the break. She has been granted bail,” an officer said.
Traffic police to install grills on August Kranti Marg for pedestrian safety
Three days after 18-year-old athlete, Deepti Yash, was mowed down by a speeding car on August Kranti Marg in South Delhi, Traffic police is now planning to put grills along the central verge to ensure pedestrian safety.
“Pedestrians will be able to walk in an enclosure with grills on both sides. We will give the proposal soon. We also plan on increase the visibility of Traffic police to make sure that people abide by the rules and not jump traffic lights,” a Traffic police officer said.
Traffic police said despite the provision of a zebra crossing, pedestrians often do not wait for the signal to turn red before crossing.
“Also August Kranti Marg has over four signals. As a result, people tend to drive fast at intersections to avoid waiting at the signal… which often leads to accidents,” the officer said.
Police, however, said there has been no history of accidents on the said stretch. (ENS)