A 30-year-old real estate entrepreneur was killed and two others critically injured after his Audi car rammed a loaded truck at a traffic signal near Barakhamba in Connaught Place on Monday night.
The man who died is Intezar Husain, 30, who owns the Noida-based Zephyr Infratech. Hussain lived in Indirapuram and was driving the car. The injured are Sushiv Kumar Mishra, 22, and Suman, 22 -- employees of the businessman. They are currently undergoing treatment at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.
The impact of the crash was such that it took the disaster management team nearly one-and-a-half hours to pull out Husain, police said.
Police said the three appeared to be returning from a wedding. The car was coming from CP and heading towards Mandi House via Barakhamba Road. The truck was coming from the Jantar Mantar side when the accident took place at the Tolstoy crossing at Barakhamba Road.
A disaster management team armed with gas cutters and other equipment arrived within 15 minutes of the accident. “The people seated behind were rescued in about half-an-hour. It took almost one-and-a-half-hours to pull out the driver,” the officer said.
“Husain and others were rushed to Lok Nayak Hospital where Husain was declared dead on arrival,” said a police official.
The truck driver abandoned his vehicle and escaped from the spot soon after the accident. It was not known if he was injured. Police said they had traced the owner of the truck, bearing a Haryana number plate, and hoped to soon catch the driver.
“Husain was from Muradabad and was currently residing in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram. He leaves left behind his wife and five-month-old son,” said Ankit Shukla, co-partner, Zyphyr Infratech.
Senior police officers said they were yet to construct the sequence of events and establish who was at fault. They are waiting for the condition of the two injured occupants to improve to take down their statements.
The police said the autopsy will say if the man at the wheels of the car was drunk. A case of rash driving and causing death by negligence has been registered at Barakhamba police station.
“Given the extent of damage to the car, it appears either one or both the vehicles were being driven at very high speed. There are no CCTV cameras in the area and no eyewitnesses have emerged so far,” said a police official.