A 22-year-old engineering student was killed and five of his friends, one of them a Ranji player, injured when their speeding Toyota Corolla rammed into a divider then into a street light before flipping over to the other side of the Vikas Marg in east Delhi at 2am Sunday.
The accident comes four days after three students were killed when their speeding car rammed into a bus parked in Malviya Nagar early morning.
Police said Shubneet Bishnoi, a BTech student from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, was killed on the spot. He was in Delhi to meet his businessman friend, Gurjeet Singh, who was driving the car.
"They had gone for a movie to Noida and returned to Singh's Laxmi Nagar home at around 1am but then decided to go to India Gate," said a senior police officer. They met with the accident soon after crossing the Vikas Marg loop.
HT wrote on March 15 that 25-30% of the road accidents in the Capital happen between 11pm and 7am — when traffic cops are off the roads and drivers speed. Forty people have died in such accidents in the first two months of this year.
"The car, which was moving at a high speed, was thrown in the air and landed on the opposite side," said an eyewitness, who didn't wish to be named. "The occupants tried to get out of the car. We saw that one of the women's hand was cut off."
Twenty-year-old Nikita, a Delhi University student, also suffered compound fractures and is in hospital. Her university friends — Kavita and Chhavi — were discharged after first-aid.
Shubham, who played for Delhi in the Ranji trophy in November and is Singh's neighbour, was also injured in the accident. The 19-year-old has broken his left hand and suffered injuries to his head and chest.