A 19-year-old US-based girl at the wheel of a Honda Accord, racing recklessly with another car on Tuesday night, allegedly rammed into a motorcycle killing both its riders, police said.
Sukhmani Brar 'Amanat', who had been absconding since the accident, surrendered to the police on Wednesday. She has been charged with causing the deaths due to rash and negligent driving. She was produced in court and granted bail after a medical examination.
The crash occurred at around 7.30 p.m. near the upscale Chandigarh Club in Sector 3. Motorcycle rider Sukhwinder Singh (21), an engineering student, and his seven-year-old cousin Harpreet, who was riding pillion, were reportedly flung into the air when the Honda Accord struck them. While Harpreet was killed at the spot, Sukhwinder was rushed to hospital where he died.
Police said the accident occurred following a race between two cars — Amanat Brar's Honda and a Maruti Swift driven by her friends.
Immediately after the crash, Amanat and her female companion in the car jumped into the Maruti Swift they were racing, and sped away.
A student in a US college, Amanat was in Chandigarh on a visit. Police claim she had run away to Delhi, but following concerted pressure they exerted on her family, she returned and surrendered.
Was she drunk when the crash occurred? Police were not sure since she surrendered a day later. Harsimar, her friend who was in the car at the time of the accident, is absconding.