Harpreet Singh (34), taxi driver, was on his way back from the airport on Sunday evening. He was heading towards Hari Nagar and just before he could take the Palam Flyover, his car was crushed under another car from across the other side of the road. The accident killed him.
It was indeed a bizarre mishap.
Police said a speeding Maruti Swift car coming from the opposite direction was thrown in the air after suddenly applying breaks ahead of a speed breaker. It fell on Singh’s Indica car on the other side of the road crushing him to death. Singh lost his life for no fault of his.
There were reportedly five people on the Swift car who fled the spot after their car crashed. Eyewitnesses said the car was speeding.
Police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving against the driver of the Swift car.
Police said the first call of the accident was made at 9:03 pm.
One of the motorists made a call to the police informing about the accident. The next call was made at 9:30 am in which the police was informed that a man was trapped inside the car.
The incident happened on Prahladpur village road, just before Palam Flyover in Delhi Cantonment area. Singh had taken his taxi to the Indira Gandhi International Airport to drop a passenger.
“The driver of the Swift lost control of the car. The car hit the speed-breaker at the speed of 100-120 kilometers per hour. It flew in the air and went down crashing on the Indica car past the divider on the other side of the road,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
“Eyewitnesses said there were five passengers inside the Swift car. After the crash, all five got out, abandoned their car and fled the spot,” said the official.
Police claimed they have tracked the driver of the Swift car who too was injured and admitted in a private hospital.
They said he would be arrested once he was discharged from the hospital.
A PCR van arrived and called in the fire service that brought a gas metal cutter to retrieve Singh’s body from the Indica car.
Singh was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Police said Manish, the accused driver, is a resident of Sarai Julena in southeast Delhi.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Kannan Jagdishan said, “We have traced the owner of the Swift car, but the arrests are yet to be made.”
Singh was a resident of Hari Nagar in west Delhi.