Holding a driver of a speeding car, which hit a 22-year-old girl leading to her death, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) presided over by Najar Singh directed the driver, owner as well as insurer of the vehicle to pay Rs 10.16 lakh as compensation, jointly and severally, to parents of the victim.
The order came as a respite to Rajni Rani, 41, mother and Subhash Chander, 45, father of 22-year-old Smriti, who was killed in a road accident in August 2013.
The accidents tribunal, based on the statement of the eyewitness and postmortem report which said Smriti died due to injury in vital organ, held driver Man Singh, a resident of Sector 36, responsible for the accident.
The tribunal has directed Singh, along with owner of the car Harish Chand Garg, a resident of Patiala, and HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited, insurer of the car, to pay compensation with 7.5% interest from September 2013 till actual realisation.
On August 11, 2013, at about 8.45am, deceased Smriti was travelling from Derabassi to Chandigarh, while sitting on pillion seat of motorcycle, along with her colleague Neha and Sandeep. The motorcycle was being driven by her colleague Sandeep. They were going to Paras Downtown Mall, Zirakpur, where they were employed. When they reached Singhpura turn, a car driven by Singh came at a fast speed from Zirakpur and took U-turn, hitting their motorcycle. Sandeep and Neha sustained injuries while Smriti died on spot.
Denying any negligence, driver Singh and Garg blamed the driver of motorcycle for the accident.They said Singh was implicated by the police in the case.
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited said they were not liable to pay as the driver was not holding valid license and the car was plied in violation of terms and conditions of insurance policy.