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Fallen tree triggers fatal chain

delhi Updated: May 31, 2009 00:24 IST
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autorickshaw accident in south delhi

They never saw what hit them.

Two autorickshaw drivers and another man who had stopped to help another autorickshaw driver who met with an accident were crushed by a speeding car in south Delhi early on Saturday. The driver who had initially met with the accident, however, survived.

The accident took place in Swami Nagar area when the red Hyundai Verna car, bearing a VIP registration number (DL 3C AQ 6007) crashed into two stationary autorickshaws.

Police received a call about the incident around half past five in the morning. By the time they reached the spot, the occupants of the car, two men and two women, had fled abandoning the vehicle.

The chain of events

It all started when Sunil Kumar (25) hit a tree, which had fallen on the road, with his autorickshaw. The tree had fallen in B-Block of Swami Nagar area, near the turning to Sheikh Sarai between the service lane and the main road. “Kumar’s vehicle suffered minor damages in the accident. Kamlesh Kumar (26), another auto driver known to Kumar, and Samadh (22), his friend, who were travelling in the Kamlesh’s vehicle, stopped to help Kumar. Shantanu Kumar (35), whose auto was parked few metres away, also joined them,” said a senior police officer who declined to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The speeding Verna came out of nowhere and hit the same tree before smashing into the two autos.

“The car was speeding. It turned turtle after hitting the tree and went on to hit the autos and the four standing near them. It happened so fast that the four men had no time to react,” said Arvind Kumar, another auto driver who witnessed the incident.

Kamlesh, Shantanu, and Samadh died on the spot. Sunil Kumar suffered injuries and has been admitted the Trauma Centre of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

The accused

The police said two women and two men were travelling in the car.

“They are injured as well as we found blood in the car. They were coming from a 24-hour departmental store as we found food and soft drinks in the car. But there were no liquor bottles,” the officer added.

The car is registered to Jagmohan Singh Bhakar, a resident of F-Block Malviya Nagar. He designs web portals and has been in London for the past one week. But the police said the car belonged to Pushvinder Singh.

Angry autorickshaw driver around gheraoed Hauz Khas police station around 3pm demanding speedy arrests in the case. They also vandalised a Hyundai Santro car, after which some of them were detained.

A case of rash and negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been lodged.

Previous incidents
May 28: A drunk accountant runs over six people killing two children and a man in Kanhaiya Nagar of northwest Delhi.
Update: The man is in judicial custody
December 12, 2008: Five of a family, including a child, killed when two cars smashed into each other. The accident took place around midnight when a Mahindra Scorpio hit a Maruti 800 from the back at Keshavpuram in northwest Delhi. A 16-year-old boy was driving the Scorpio at the time of incident.
Update: The minor boy was sent to a juvenile home. Now he is out on bail.

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