Saturday car crash: Arsh succumbs to injuries

‘Had he been alive,it would have been his first day at college. Who would have thought that he would be in the mortuary instead?’

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2012 2:10:38 am

‘Had he been alive,it would have been his first day at college. Who would have thought that he would be in the mortuary instead?’

After struggling for life at the Advanced Truama Centre of PGIMER,20-year-old Arsh Bhatia,one of the victims of the Saturday car crash involving senior Haryana bureaucrat Keshni Anand Arora,her daughter and two others,succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

He had been critical since the day he was brought to the hospital and the doctors had declared him brain dead the same night.

“Had he been alive,it would have been his first day at college,” said his uncle while waiting outside the mortuary as a post-mortem was being conducted on his body. “Who would have thought that he would be in the mortuary instead?”

Arsh Bhatia was sitting next to the driver’s seat in the ill-fated Chevrolet Beat which flew several feet into the air before landing atop on the Honda City of IAS officer Arora,who was travelling with her daughter Revati.

Arsh,a resident of Sector 20,was brought to PGIMER after the car he was travelling in lost control and fell on the Honda City.

Arsh had recently taken admission in BCom (I) at the DAV College after studying at Shushu Niketan School,Sector 22. “He was very excited to join his preferred college,DAV,Sector 10. Ultimately,he wanted to join his father’s business in the USA,” said his uncle with tears rolling down his cheeks. “He was a very intelligent boy and had recently scored 88 per cent marks. Who would have thought he would never be able to go to college?”

His sister,Muskan,has been in a state of shock since the incident. “Who will I tie rakhi to?” she asked everyone at home.

The cremation will take place on Tuesday when Arsh’s father Ashwini Bhatia is reaching India from the USA where he runs a store.

Arora had suffered a whiplash injury to her neck and is out of danger. Her daughter,a dental surgeon in the USA who was visiting her parents,on Monday gained consciousness — she underwent a surgery as well — and spoke to her husband who flew down from the USA. She had recently got married.

The accident had occurred around 3.30 pm on Saturday when the axle of the Chevrolet Beat car coming from the opposite direction broke and the driver lost control of the car which flew 10 feet into the air before landing atop on the IAS officer’s car.

Arora and her driver suffered injuries and were referred to PGIMER. Driver of the Chevrolet Beat car Damanvir had also suffered injuries. He had fractured an arm but was discharged from the hospital the same day.

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