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Delhi: Family of 4, elderly man killed by speeding truck in Najafgarh area; driver arrested

The police said five people were walking on the side of the road when they were mowed down by the speeding vehicle, which later crashed into other vehicles parked on the road.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 11, 2021 10:41:36 pm
CCTV footage of the incident shows the family walking on the side of the road.

Five persons, including four members of a family, died after a speeding dumper truck allegedly hit them in Dwarka on Friday morning.

CCTV footage of the incident showed the couple walking on the side of the road, holding their two children. Within seconds, a truck from the other side runs them over and crashes into a few parked cars. The fifth victim, an elderly man, was out for a walk.

Police said the accused driver, Rajesh, has been arrested and booked under sections of rash driving and culpable homicide.

The deceased were identified as Ashok (30), his wife Kiran (27), and their sons Ishant (5), and Dev (2). The fifth victim was 93-year-old Jawahar Singh.

The incident took place at 5.19 am near Thana road in Najafgarh. Ashok and his family were on their way to catch a bus to Gurgaon for a puja at Sheetla Mata Mandir.

While Ashok, Kiran, and Ishant were declared dead on the spot, Dev and Singh were rushed to Vikas Hospital for treatment by police teams. At the hospital, Singh too succumbed to his injuries. Dev was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital but died in the afternoon. The family and Singh lived in Najafgarh.

DCP (Dwarka) SK Meena said, “The accused driver was speeding and driving in a negligent manner. He hit five people on the road and rammed into five parked vehicles… CCTVs are being checked… investigation is on.”

Rakesh Yadav, Singh’s grandson, said, “My grandfather would always go for a morning walk near our house. I was sleeping when the accident took place. Later, neighbours called and told us that dadaji has been hit by a truck. When we reached the spot, there was blood everywhere. At the hospital, we found he died.”

Police said Ashok worked as a security guard at Vikas hospital. He lived with his parents and siblings in Najafgarh.

His brother Subhash said the family was going to the temple: “They were near our house when it all happened. I stepped out around 5.30 am and found an old man lying on the road. I was told that a few persons were rushed to a hospital. Later, I found the children were from our family. We are in shock.”

After his arrest, Rajesh told police that he was coming from Haryana and fell asleep while driving. He lost control of the steering wheel and hit the victims. Police said he was taking gravel from Haryana to Mundka. Police said a medical test will be conducted to ascertain if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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