A 24-year-old businessman was killed on Saturday morning after he lost control of his speeding BMW near the Oberoi hotel in central Delhi. The accident occurred on the day the man was to be engaged to his girlfriend.
Abhijit Singh, a builder, was headed from Defence Colony to Model Town when he rammed the grille of a flyover just outside the Oberoi hotel. He was returning home from his bachelor party at around 5 am.
The car flew across the road and rolled over for 50 metres before coming to a halt. The car’s roof was severely damaged and the doors jammed from the severity of the impact.
A passerby rushed to help. He reportedly cut open the seat belt and pulled Singh from the car. Singh was then rushed to Moolchand hospital, about four kilometers away. The passerby also contacted the police.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit, but succumbed to his injuries later in the day.
“He sustained severe head injuries that caused internal bleeding. We have sent the body for a postmortem examination to ascertain the cause of death. We have also initiated an inquiry,” a senior police officer said.
The deceased’s family refused to speak to the media.
“Singh’s father (also a builder) had been preparing for his son’s engagement. Even though he had asked Singh to be at home, a day before the engagement, he had insisted to go and party with his friends,” a police officer said.
It is yet to be ascertained if Singh was drink driving.
“The car was definitely speeding. It appears Singh wanted to take the flyover, but instead of going towards the right, the car slid left. Even though he was wearing a seat belt, he could not be saved. Had the car been under the speed limit, it would not have toppled over,” a senior police officer said.
Singh is survived by his parents and an 18-year-old brother.