A week after a car mowed a 24-year-old pedestrian to death, broken pieces of its registration plate has helped the police trace the car and identify the owner, Jagjit Singh, a Samrala (Ludhiana) native at present in the United States; but no arrest has been made as the driver remains untraced.
The Chevrolet Cruz sedan was purportedly for use by owner Jagjit Singh’s elderly mother but a hired driver was behind the wheel.
The mother, as per the police, remains on a pilgrimage to Takht Hazur Sahib at Nanded in Maharashtra since before the mishap.
The lead came when the police found pieces of the registration plate that formed ‘PB 6’ and ‘0095’ as clues. First, they checked registration of vehicles at Dera Bassi and Zirakpur and eventually zeroed down to PB-65-R-0095.
Phase-1 station house officer (SHO) Sukhwinder Singh said a team was then sent to verify the address of the owner, but his relatives said the car had been taken by a driver to Chandigarh. Antecedents of the driver were not available.
Another team then visited mechanics across the city who dealt with Chevrolet cars. “Finally the car was recovered from the Sector-48 motor market,” he added.
In the mishap in Phase 5 on the night of January 3, Harpreet Singh, a 24-year-old native of Amritsar who had recently joined a private company as a trainee in SAS Nagar, was killed when he was crossing the road. Dragged for a few metres, he had died on the spot.