One more man who was injured in last week’s multi-vehicle crash on the Zirakpur flyover, which was caused by two racing cars driven by schoolboys, has died, taking the death toll to four.
The latest victim is Shobhit Tyagi (25), a New Delhi resident, who was travelling in the autorickshaw that was hit by an SUV, which was one of the two racing vehicles. He died in a Delhi hospital on Thursday.
Shobhit, a resident of Kishangarh village near Vasant Kunj, worked as a sales executive. He has left behind an inconsolable family, including his wife, daughter and widowed mother. He was travelling from Zirakpur to Chandigarh along with a friend in the autorickshaw on the fateful day.
The others who died in the multi-vehicle accident were SUV driver Mankirat Singh, college student Bhupinder Singh Thapa, both of whom were declared brought dead at the hospital, and autorickshaw driver Amit Kumar.
The incident occurred on February 6, when Mankirat was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero from Chandigarh to Zirakpur and started racing with his friend, also a juvenile, who was driving a Hyundai i20. Both of them lost control of their cars, which crossed over to the other side of the road, and rammed into a car, an autorickshaw and a motorcycle.
After the accident, Shobhit and several others were rushed to the PGI. “The police informed our family, and Shobhit’s wife, along with others, rushed to Chandigarh where the doctors told her that Shobhit had suffered grievous head injuries and was in a critical condition,” said Surbhi Sharma, Shobhit’s sister-in-law. His wife Pratima said, “We brought him to Delhi as he was lying on a trolley and there was no bed available until morning. We initially took him to a private hospital in Delhi but it was too expensive. So, he was shifted to AIIMS and then to Safdarjung Hospital, where he was put on a ventilator. He breathed his last in the wee hours of Thursday.”
Apart from the four people who were killed, six were injured in the accident, all of whom have been discharged from the hospital.
On Wednesday, the 17-year-old accused who was driving the i20, surrendered before the Mohali police two days after he was discharged from a private hospital. The police said that he confessed to being involved in a race with Mankirat. He was booked under relevant sections of the IPC and released on bail.