A 38-year-old woman died and her 13-year-old daughter was seriously injured after their vehicle was hit by a car, allegedly being driven by a woman in an inebriated condition, in west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh around 11.30 pm Friday.
According to police, the accused, 22-year-old Shivani Malik, was out for a joyride with three of her friends. The four were heading towards Gurgaon after a night out in Connaught Place, said police.
DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj said Malik has been arrested and booked under IPC sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 304 A (causing death by negligence). The accused is a student of Delhi University and also works at a salon, police said. Her father used to be an inspector with the Delhi Police and died of a cardiac arrest eight years ago, police said.
Police said a woman and two men were with her inside the car. “After the accident, both men fled while the two women were caught by bystanders,” said Bhardwaj.
Following the incident, a mobile recording surfaced, purportedly showing Shivani admitting that she was drunk, but claiming that she was not driving the car. Police said that a medical examination suggested 170 mg of alcohol was detected in the accused’s blood, though the permissible level is 30 mg.
Police said victim, Poonam Sardana, and her family members were returning to their home in northwest Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar after meeting a spiritual guru in Chattarpur. Poonam’s husband, Vimal Sardana, and their two children Chaitanya (13) and Daivik (6), as well as Vimal’s elder brother Sudhir and his wife and two children were in the Mahindra Quanto car.
Police said Chaitanya has received multiple injuries on her face and lost her sight in one eye. She is undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital.”The incident took place around 11.30 pm. As they reached Punjabi Bagh flyover, an S-Cross coming from the opposite side rammed into the divider and veered into their lane. The accused’s car toppled multiple times before hitting their Quanto and two other vehicles. Poonam and Chaitanya, who were sitting behind the driver’s seat, were critically injured,” said a police officer.
Two persons in other vehicles, who received minor injuries, were taken to Acharya Bhikshu Hospital and discharged after treatment.
Passersby helped the injured persons exit the vehicles. Shivani and her female friend were pulled out of their toppled vehicle and police were informed.
Vimal’s elder brother Vikram told The Indian Express that the family would visit the spiritual guru every weekend. “Usually they would go on Sunday, but this time they chose Friday because it was a day off,” he said.