A 23-year-old woman was killed and five were injured when the person driving their car lost control and rammed a median before hitting a tempo near Akshardham Temple in East Delhi. Police suspect the car was speeding.
Police said preliminary investigation suggested the incident occurred Saturday night when the six were returning from Shipra Mall in Ghaziabad and heading towards Laxmi Nagar.
According to police, the deceased was identified as Shalini Rana, a native of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh. The other five have been identified as Puja Tomar (23), Priya (22) and Puja Pathak (22), Ajay (25 and Bhola (24). The women stay at a paying guest accommodation in Laxmi Nagar.
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“The incident took place at about 9.30 pm. Ajay was driving the Honda Civic. Just after they crossed the signal at Mayur Vihar Phase II, the car spun out of control and hit the median near the Commonwealth Games Village. It then crashed in to a tempo parked by the roadside,” said a senior police officer.
The officer said the collision was so powerful that the left side of the car was completely crushed. Police had to use gas cutters to cut through the car and rescue the victims.
Locals in the area made a call to the police control room (PCR).
“Police along with fire tenders rushed to the spot,” said the officer, adding that all six were rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) hospital where Shalini succumbed to injuries during treatment. The others were later referred to Max hospital in IP Extension. Puja Tomar is critical.
DCP (East) Bhairon Singh Gurjar said prima facie it appeared the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. “Further investigation is underway to ascertain the exact sequence of events,” he said.
“During investigation, we recovered liquor bottles from the car. But we are unsure if the driver and the occupants were in an inebriated condition at the time of the accident,” said an officer. Police said a case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at Pandav Nagar police station.