Updated: August 31, 2021 8:21:15 pm
Seven persons, including the son of DMK MLA Y Prakash, were killed after their car rammed into a road divider and a compound wall in the early hours of Tuesday at Koramangala in Bengaluru.
The victims have been identified as Prakash’s son Karuna Sagar, his relative Bindu, friends Ishita, Dhanusha, Akshay Goyal, Utsav, and Rohith. Karuna Sagar, who was driving the car, lost control of the vehicle and hit the bollards on the pedestrian way, crashing into a wall in the nearby building.
The passengers were travelling in an Audi and the accident took place near Mangala Kalayana Manatapa at around 1.30 am. According to police, the group was heading towards Forum mall when the mishap occurred.
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A senior police officer said that the impact was so huge that the front portion of the car was totally destroyed. “We suspect that they might have been speeding at 100km/hr. The locals who informed police shifted them to a private hospital but six had died on the spot and one died on the way. The bodies were handed over to the families after postmortem,” the officer added.
Maregowda, one of the relatives of Prakash who was at the hospital, said: “Karuna had called at 8.30 pm and informed that he would return to Hosur on the same night. We got the information at 5 am. His sister lives in BTM Layout and we rushed to the hospital. Prakash had lost his wife four months ago due to kidney-related ailments.”
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ravikanthe Gowda said, “Prima facie, it looks like that the car was being driven fast and in a negligent manner. We are yet to know whether they were drunk. Adugodi traffic police have registered a case of rash drivin and a probe is underway.”
KPCC president DK Shivakumar, former minister Ramalinga Reddy condoled the demise of the Prakash’s son.
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