Four people were injured after a speeding BMW crashed into an Uber cab and auto before hitting a boundary wall on Sunday morning in south Delhi’s RK Puram, the latest in a series of such accidents in the Capital.
Police said the driver of the luxury car was arrested and tests conducted to see if he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Two passengers of the cab, its driver, and the driver of the autorickshaw were injured.
The accident took place at 8 am at Major Som Nath Sharma Marg near Shani Mandir in Sector 1, RK Puram. The BMW rammed into the Maruti Swift Dzire cab head on. The car was coming from the Delhi Airport side while the cab was headed towards the airport from Noida.
“The impact of the hit was so powerful that the front left portion of the Swift Dzire was badly damaged. As the BMW was speeding, its driver lost control after hitting the Swift and hit a parked auto rickshaw before crashing into a concrete boundary wall,” said a police officer.
Ishwar Singh, deputy commissioner of police (south), said the BMW driver was identified as Rajat, a resident of Karol Bagh. “We have sent Rajat to a nearby government hospital for medical examination. His medical reports will tell he was driving under the influence of alcohol or not. He, however, some influence of intoxication,” said Singh.
The injured were identified as Bittu Pal and Munni Dutta – a married couple travelling in the cab -- Pradeep, the Swift Dzire’s driver and auto rickshaw driver Ram Chander. All of them are undergoing treatment at the AIIMS Trauma Center.
A case has been registered at the RK Puram police station. The vehicles have been impounded.
This is the second time in two months that a BMW has rammed into an Uber cab in recent weeks. In January, a speeding BMW hit a Wagon R Uber taxi near the Munirka flyover in south Delhi.
The same month, four people including a woman techie were killed in Ghaziabad when a speeding Audi rammed head on into an auto-rickshaw they were travelling in.
Official data show a sharp rise in road accidents in India – one every four minutes -- and road crashes are identified as number one killer of young men and women.
Almost 97% of the road accidents are caused by rash or negligent driving including drink driving, data show.