18-yr-old girl dies after speeding car rams autorickshaw

Driver’s blood samples sent for tests to ascertain if he was in an inebriated state.

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 8, 2012 1:05:41 am

Driver’s blood samples sent for tests to ascertain if he was in an inebriated state

An 18-year-old girl was killed in Juhu on Friday morning when a speeding Honda City rammed the autorickshaw she was travelling in. Police have nabbed the driver of the car,Purvesh Patkar (25),a resident of Malad. His blood samples have been sent for tests to ascertain if he was driving in an inebriated state.

The accident took place at around 7.30 am when the victim was on her way to a hotel in Juhu to meet a relative who works as a senior pilot.

Police said Neelam Bharadwaj came to the city four years ago from Bhopal and was staying at Shastri Nagar in Andheri (West).

They said her father was a former personal assistant to a senior Bhartiya Janata Party leader.

“Patkar claims that he lost control of the vehicle and rammed the autorickshaw head-on. He tried to escape but residents caught him,” an officer said,adding that they were relying on the CCTV footage to establish how the accident took place.

Bharadwaj was rushed to Cooper Hospital but was declared brought dead. Preliminary results have revealed that she died of head injuries.

When witnesses tried calling her family through her phone,they found a name saved as ‘Papa’.

“The person was her friend whom she called Papa. Her friend in turn informed her family and helped us get her identity,” the officer said.

A case has been registered with the D N Nagar police. Patkar has been booked under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash and negligent driving) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said Regional Transport Office personnel would conduct a test on the Honda City to establish if the accident was caused by a mechanical failure.

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