A 53-year-old lawyer was killed on Sunday morning when the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding collided with a crash barrier on KMP expressway near Gurgaon. The biker’s pillion rider sustained injuries in the crash.
The incident took place near Panchgaon village under Bilaspur police station, around 35km from Gurgaon. The deceased was identified as Sunil Seth, lawyer at Delhi high court and vice president of Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Seth, police said, had hired a Harley Davidson motorcycle from a bike provider on Gold Course Road and was reportedly riding the bike for the first time. The lawyer seems to have lost control of his vehicle and collided with a crash barrier.
Seth, a member of Delhi Old Xaverians Association, was rushed to Rockland hospital in Manesar but was declared brought dead. The hospital staff said he sustained head injuries. The hospital informed the police who reached the spot and filed a case of accidental death. Seth lived with his family at Uniworld City in Sector 30, Gurgaon.
Assistant sub inspector Dharam Singh, who is the investigating officer in the case, said Seth and his co-rider Neeraj Seth, 45, were wearing a helmet but Seth still sustained head injuries. Singh said the body was handed over after post-mortem examination as the family did not want to pursue a police case. The funeral was held in the evening at Iffco Chowk crematorium.
A person close to Seth said that he was riding a Harley Davidson bike for the first time and had gone out with a group of bikers. “He and Neeraj were left behind, while the other bikers went ahead. Harley bikes are heavy and a new rider needs to practice before hitting the road. He must have lost control over the bike and it crashed with the side of a barrier,” said a rider from another biking group.
“There are no rules and regulations for renting out heavy bikes like Harleys for novice riders. A bike can be hired for about Rs 8,000 a day by just showing a licence. There should be preliminary checks before handing out such bikes to people. Riders should be told about dos and donts. Some training and basic awareness is also advisable,” added the rider.