Speeding car jumps light, kills student

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 09:54 IST

One of the three students, who were riding a scooter while returning home from school, was killed after they were hit by a speeding car at the Sector 69-70 light point here on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Harminder Singh (17), a student of class 11 and resident of Kandala village in SAS Nagar.

The other two injured students are Class 11 student Avtar Singh (17), a resident of Kandala village, and Manjit Sigh (18), a student of class 12 and resident of Kumbra. The trio was studying at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1, and were not wearing helmets.

The Ford Figo car driver, Mandeep Singh, who was coming from the Chandigarh side, along with his six-year-old son, also sustained severe injuries. However, the kid had a narrow escape. Mandeep is a resident of Phase 3.

The accident took place around 2.30pm when the trio was coming from the Phase 7 side and the speeding car, after jumping the red light, rammed into the scooter. Soon after the collision, the car flipped thrice on the road.

Car flips thrice

Eyewitness Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Kajheri, said he was in a vehicle behind the car which hit the scooter. After hitting the scooter, the car rolled like a ball on the road for a distance of around 20 metre.

Sanjeev, a classmate of Avtar, who was standing at the Phase 7-8 light point, said a woman informed them that three boys wearing a uniform similar to him had met with a major accident on the next light point.

He added that they rushed to the spot and identified the victims, but the police control room (PCR) vehicle had reached the spot.

Victims were rushed to Fortis Hospital, where the doctors said two of the victims — Harminder and Avtar —were brought in a state of cardiac arrest and were revived later. They continued to be in a critical state with injuries ranging from brain to internal organs to lungs. However, Manjit and car driver Mandeep were under observation.

Manjit’s family shifted him to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, where his condition is stated to be stable. He had received three fractures in the arm and internal head injuries. The scooter belonged to Harminder, but at the time of accident Avtar was driving it.

Palo, grandmother of Avtar, said he was very fond of driving two-wheelers, but they never allowed him to take the motorcycle to school. She added that everyday he used to go by bus to the school, but he got late on Friday and accompanied Harminder.

Late in the night, Harminder and Avtar were also shifted to the PGIMER, where Harminder was declared brought dead.

Till the filing of the report, the police were yet to register a case in the matter as they were waiting for the statement of victims.

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