July 27, 2021 9:39:55 pm
Two people were injured when the two-wheeler they were riding was knocked down by an SUV in a hit-and-run incident on the Salem-Coimbatore highway in Tamil Nadu. Visuals of the incident, captured on the dashcam of another car, went viral on social media.
The injured were identified as Ajith Kumar and Arun from Kannangurichi town in Salem district. First admitted to a local government hospital, they were referred to the Coimbatore Govt Hospital. While Arun, who rode the two-wheeler, suffered minor injuries, Ajith Kumar is on ventilator support in the ICU.
Dashcam footage of car records hit-and-run incident on Salem-Coimbatore highway. Two people arrested, pillion rider suffers a major injury. pic.twitter.com/OU0E8ZXFbF
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According to the police, the incident took place around 2:30 pm on July 25 near Magudanchavadi. The SUV, identified as Hyundai Creta, hit the two-wheeler and drove away without stopping. The dashcam of the car that followed captured the incident. The owner of that car, who was heading to Bengaluru, handed over the dashcam footage to a passerby, asking him to submit it at the local police station. The footage helped the police in identifying the occupants of the Creta.
The police arrested Satheesh Kumar, 35, who drove the car at the time, the vehicle owner Vinod, and three other persons who were in the car. They belong to the Perambalur district. They have been booked under sections 308, 184 and 161 of the IPC and section 177 of the MV Act.
“There were five people in the car. They were returning from Sankagiri Muniyappan temple to take a vow that they would never drink again. Usually, people get drunk before tying the ‘kayaru (a wrist band of interwoven threads) at the temple. The accused got drunk at the temple and were returning home in the car. The people riding the two-wheeler were returning from Pazhani. The drunk men attempted to overtake the vehicle near to them causing the accident,” an officer at Magudanchavadi said.
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